Duchess of Gloucester Gives Royal Send-off to British Warship

  June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm by

HRH Princess Richard, who is better known as the Duchess of Gloucester, gave a royal send-off to warship the HMS Gloucester, in Portsmouth today. She was welcomed warmly by the sailors on the ship, according to an article in The News. The Duchess took the time to greet and speak with the sailors, providing what was referred to by Lieutenant Commander Douggie Ward as a “morale booster”.

The HMS Gloucester will head to the south Atlantic, where it will take part in rescue and humanitarian efforts. It is not the first time that the Duchess has seen this ship; in 1982, she acted as the ship’s sponsor during its launch. She is also the sponsor of another British ship, the HMS Sandown.

The Duchess of Gloucester has a busy summer ahead of her. It was announced today by the Herts Advertiser that she will attend the St. Albans International Organ Festival in July. It will be the 25th year for the festival, and the Duchess is expected to meet young musicians from 9 different countries. The festival begins on July 8, and ends on July 18. The Duchess is scheduled to visit on Monday July 13.

To read about, and to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, please visit the Forum.

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