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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Statement from Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said:

“HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a staunch supporter of the museums which make up The National Museum of the Royal Navy.  In his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, he was patron of the Royal Marines Museum.  He laid the foundation stone and opened the Fleet Air Arm Museum and was a regular visitor to the museum, opening several exhibitions over the years.  He made a private visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to visit both Mary Rose and the National Museum.  We shall miss his unwavering interest, his kindness, his charm and his bracing humour!”

Our staff and volunteers have always been honoured by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement with the museum which has spanned decades, including:

  • Becoming a patron of the Fleet Air Arm Museum when he opened it on the 28 May 1964
  • Becoming a patron of the Royal Marines Museum in his capacity as Captain General of the Royal Marines, when it opened at Eastney 
  • Opening the Brush with War exhibition on 10 July 1995 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum
  • Opening the Fly Navy 100 exhibition in 2009 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh highlighted the importance of Royal Navy heritage in 1979: 

“In this country, where so much of our history is concerned with the rather remote and mysterious business of seafaring and the Royal Navy, museums devoted to maritime affairs are particularly important.” 

HRH The Duke Edinburgh stated that the story of the Royal Navy, and the Fleet Air Arm “needs to be known both because of the influence exerted by the Royal Navy as a whole and the Fleet Air Arm in particular on the course of our recent history, and because it provides such an apt illustration of the very high standard of inventive genius, of the technical and administrative competence, and of the personal courage and devotion which the people of this country can achieve when it really matters.”

The museum team thanks HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his support for the museum throughout his life, and sends their condolences to the Royal Family during this time.

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