HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the National Coastwatch Institution, visited NCI Calshot Tower on Thursday, 25th October 2018.
The Princess who arrived by helicopter, was met by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Hampshire, Vice-Admiral Sir David Steel, and introduced to Councillor Elaine Still, leader of Hampshire County Council; Councillor Mel Kendall, Chair of New Forest District Council; Commander Lesley Suddes, and Blake Holt, NCI Chair and Deputy Chair; and Stephen Kingdon, Deputy Launching Authority Calshot RNLI, along with Roger Taylor, Calshot NCI Deputy Station Manager and Colin Lewis, senior watchkeeper.
After visiting the NCI Calshot operations room (reached by climbing 100ft of ladders), the Princess met each of the watchkeepers, assembled in groups outside the Tower. In a short ceremony within the RNLI Station, the Princess presented epaulettes to the new Deputy Station Manager, five-year certificates to four watchkeepers, and unveiled a plaque which will be fixed to the tower.
Here are some photographs of the visit (click to enlarge).
Below are photographs of HRH Princess Royal meeting the NCI Calshot watchkeepers (photos: Mike Ford – click to view full images)
Our thanks to all those who helped initiate, organise and manage the Royal visit of HRH The Princess Royal including Calshot RNLI for the use of the Lifeboat Station.