It has been announced by the Isle of Wight Council that Prince Philip will be on the Isle of Wight next week between Monday and Thursday. This will coincide with Cowes Week and will no doubt bring back memories for the Prince of when he competed there in the 1950’s.
In addition to attending events at the Royal Yacht Squadron and Isle of Wight Yacht Club, The Prince will also be attending a number of other engagements on the Island.
These will include a chance for the Duke to visit the renovated Durbar Room in Osborne House. This was renovated last year by English Heritage as reported on Royal Central. The room was originally designed by Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard) and Bhai Ram Singh. It is in the Indian Wing of Osborne House and like all visitors to the House, Prince Philip will be able to see the room as Heads of State from all over the world did when they met Queen Victoria in the 1890’s.
He will also be presenting the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) to Spinlock in Cowes. Spinlock, are an Isle of Wight company who are at the cutting edge of making safety equipment for use on boats especially yachts, something very much at the forefront at the moment with both Cowes Week and also the Olympic yachting events over in Brazil. Prince Philip had a chance recently to see some of Spinlocks products actually in use when he visited Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team. They are using the T2 Lifejacket produced by the company.
The Duke is also believed to be visiting the Classic Boat Museum. The Museum is currently in the process of moving premises from East Cowes across the River Medina to Cowes. The new museum is not yet open to the public, but no doubt Prince Philip will be given the opportunity to see how the work is coming along. Hence with his visit to Cowes this week, the Prince will be able to enjoy the history of both sailing and the Isle of Wight, and how both are being brought right up to date.