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Prince William tours Hampshire submarine

Duke of Cambridge meets veteran submariners on the Submarine HMS Alliance in Gosport Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

In his role as Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines, Williamvisited HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire, which has been restored at a cost of £7 million.

The Duke of Cambridge is shown the inner workings of the Submarine HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Prince is the royal patron of the conservation appeal which enabled the repairs and refurbishment of the submarine, which reopened to the public last month.

William arrived by Lynx helicopter and was greeted by the cheers of local schoolchildren waving Union flags.

The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

He then attended a service led by Royal Navy chaplain Reverend Ernie Grimshaw to rededicate the submarine, as well as to remember two Australian First World War-era submarines, one of which, AE1, sank in 1914 off Papua New Guinea and the other, AE2, was scuttled off Turkey and the crew seized.

Mr Grimshaw said: "I have served on submarines and to see the commitment, dedication and professionalism of submariners is something to behold and it's right to remember them today."

When asked by guide Terry Fearnley, a former stoker on Alliance, if he would be bringing son George to see the submarine, William replied: "It's great that younger generations can really see and feel what it is like to be a submariner."


Duke of Edinburgh celebrates ship's 10th birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh Credit: ITV News Meridian

The Duke of Edinburgh is helping to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the luxury liner, Queen Mary II in Southampton. The ship sailed into port, along with The Queen Victoria and The Queen Mary, making the city the only place in the world to host all Three Queens, three times.

Duke of Edinburgh visits Queen Mary 2

The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Cunard's Queen Mary 2 later as part of the ship's tenth anniversary celebrations.

The Ship was named by the Queen and the Duke at Southampton in 2004. Since then the vessel has undertaken more than four hundred voyages and carried more than a million guests.

The Queen Mary 2 was unveiled by the Queen in 1994 Credit: ITV Meridian

Cunard's Chief Executive Officer, David Dingle said, "We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness has agreed to visit Queen Mary 2 and take part in our flagship's 10th anniversary.

"Having been present at her entry into service. For all those involved, this will surely be another memorable occasion in Cunard's long history".

The Queen Mary 2 on one of many voyages Credit: PA


Queen celebrates turning 88 at Windsor Castle

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey CBE released to mark her 88th birthday Credit: David Bailey / PA Wire

The Queen will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle today.

A traditional 41 gun salute will be fired in Green Park, London by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday.

An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 gun salute from the Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.

To mark her 88th birthday, a portrait by British photographer David Bailey has been released.

The picture was taken in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government's GREAT Britain campaign.

The Queen has two birthdays, her actual one is today whilst her official one is in June.

Her birthday in June is celebrated with the Trooping the colour parade.

Prince Philip meets Windsor sea cadets

Prince Philip meets sea cadets in Windsor this afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

Prince Philip has met dozens of enthusiastic sea cadets in Windsor today.

It's part of his visit to the training ship Windsor Castle in Stovell Road - which is holding an open day.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been meeting sea cadets in Windsor Credit: ITV Meridian

Prince George steals the show arriving in New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince George off the flight from London to New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The family arrive in Wellington on their first day of their visit to Australia and New Zealand Credit: SNPA / David Rowland
Prince George is on his first official Royal visit with his parents! Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Duke, Duchess and Prince George arrive in Wellington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Wellington at the start of their three week tour of New Zealand and Australia with their baby Prince George.

Prince George is on his first foreign holiday. Credit: APTN
The three arrived in Wellington, New Zealand today. Credit: APTN
They are at the beginning of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: APTN

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