Approximately 100 guests were in attendance, including the Hon Pamela Ward Pearce & the Hon Dr Corinda Essex, St Helenian students and representatives of the Armed Forces.
In her speech HRH commented on her family’s previous visits to St Helena and recalled her own visit to the Island on the RMS in 2002. She highlighted the crucial role the RMS has played in the lives of the people in St Helena and ended by wishing everyone a successful voyage back to St Helena.
SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys MBE, commented:
“What makes the RMS special? For the past 26 years she has provided the lifeline to the people of St Helena and Ascension – carrying food, medical supplies, building materials, and of course the mail. She is one of only four remaining Royal Mail Ships and the last working one.
“She is quite simply an extension to St Helena, part of our family.”
Guests enjoyed the reception on the Sun Deck with spectacular vistas of London, including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The opportunity was taken by many to acknowledge the dedication of the officers and crew.
Captain Andrew Greentree added:
“It was a great honour and privilege to welcome HRH The Princess Royal onboard the RMS St Helena and to be the Captain whose crew prepared the ship well for this historic and memorable event. The officers and crew greatly appreciate HRH visiting the ship and taking a photograph with them.”
9 June 2016