Royals Head To Isle of Wight For Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary

  June 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm by

A number of royals descended on the Isle of Wight today, to attend events marking the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The Duke of Edinburgh led the British contingent consisting of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and Prince Michael of Kent. They were joined by Norwegian King Harald V (on board the Norge), Prince Albert II of Monaco, Denmark’s Prince Henrik, and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.

All the royals watched a Fleet Review of the 180 member yachts, undertaken by Prince Philip as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, from boats on Cowes Harbour, where the Squadron is based. The Duke took the Review on board a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Greek Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal were also present for the Fleet Review.

Later in the day, a Beat Retreat on Cowes Parade was also attended by the royals.

The Royal Yacht Squadron was founded on June 1, 1815. George IV joined the Squadron as a member in 1817, and in 1851 began that sailing competition that is now known as the America’s Cup when the Squadron took on the New York Yacht Club in a regatta around the island.

Read more about the event here.

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