The Countess of Wessex has been in Hampshire to officially open the newly restored chapel at the Royal Victoria Country Park.
She was met by Queen Victoria herself as she arrived in Netley, before taking a tour of the building, which has been renovated at a cost of £3.5 million pounds.
The military hospital itself was once the longest building in the world treating tens of thousands of soldiers.
The Countess unveiled a plaque in their memory, and was given gifts by local school children
Interviewees: Cllr Roy Perry, Leader, Hampshire County Council
Until it was demolished in the 1960s, the Royal Victoria Military Hospital dominated the landscape at Netley.
It was the longest building in the world when it was completed, but all that remains now is a small chapel which had fallen into disrepair, until now.