A royal visit for Royal Marines

The Princess Royal meets trainees Credit: Royal Navy

The Princess Royal visited the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth yesterday to see how recruits are turned into world-class musicians.The royal guest toured the school at Portsmouth Naval Base, spoke to several trainees and watched a marching display on the parade ground.

The school's first visit since 1996 Credit: Royal Navy

It was the school’s first royal visit since 1996 when the Princess Royal’s brother, the Earl of Wessex, opened the establishment on its re-location from Deal in Kent.

Earlier the Princess visited the nearby Naval Base Headquarters where base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby, explained preparations for the arrival of future warships including the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.