As part of events to form a small chunk of a year-long celebration commemorating the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Prince Philip will be in Cowes on Friday 5th June to attend the Fleet Review, a service of celebration and the Beating Retreat. This day of engagements will be some what of a family affair for Philip as he will be accompanied by The Princess Royal as well as The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Prince Philip’s last visit to Cowes was during Cowes Week in August 2014 and this visit will see the prince, in both his role as admiral and member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, attend many events during his day trip to the Isle of Wight.
The events, which will be focused mainly around Cowes Parade, will also see Prince Philip accompanied by his daughter, Princess Anne, and his son and daughter-in-law, The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The Royal Yacht Squadron was founded in June 1815 at the Thatched House Tavern in St James’s, London by 42 gentlemen who had a keen interest in sea yachting, at this time it was known as The Yacht Club. The original aim of the group was to meet in London and Cowes twice a year to discuss their love of yachting over dinner. The Prince Regent was welcomed to the club in 1817 and when he became King George IV in 1820, the club was renamed the Royal Yacht Club. In the present day, The Royal Yacht Squadron remains one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world and with its patron being Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip being its Admiral, the squadron really do have the royal seal of approval too.
As part of his visit to Cowes, Prince Philip will take part in the Fleet Review where in excess of 180 ships and boats will be lined up in the Solent and be reviewed by The Duke of Edinburgh in his capacity of Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron. Following the Fleet Review, Prince Philip will be accompanied by Princess Anne and Edward and Sophie to a Service of Celebration at Holy Trinity Church in Cowes.
The final engagement of the day will see the royal party witness the Beating Retreat, a military musical ceremony, on Cowes Parade.
The visit by Prince Philip and family is just a small part of what is to come in a year of celebrations for the RYS bicentenary with other highlights including a bicentenary ball, a Trafalgar day dinner and of course Cowes Week, which takes place in August and is usually attended by one or two member of the Royal Family.
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