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Royal visit to HMS Warrior 1860 catches up on restoration progress

The 30th anniversary of Victorian battleship HMS Warrior 1860’s return to Portsmouth was the focus for a visit, today, 14 September, by royal patron HRH Princess Alexandra to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
After being updated on progress on the restoration project she formally launched two years ago, Her Royal Highness met with staff, volunteers and trustees and marked the 30th anniversary with tea and cake.
She last visited in 2015 to formally launch a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project to conserve and repair the bulwarks and water bar on the deck. The 18-month, £2.6 million project is expected to be complete by Easter 2018.

HMS Warrior 1860 is the newest addition to The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s fleet and made a triumphant return to Portsmouth in 1987 following her restoration in Hartlepool. 
Princess Alexandra is Patron of HMS Warrior Preservation Trust.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “We are very lucky that HRH Princess Alexandra is very supportive of our work onboard and that we were able to show that the project is really progressing. Our visitors are fascinated to see the expert shipwrights at work.”
Royal connections with the ship have been longstanding.  In March 1863, Warrior escorted the royal yacht that bought Her Royal Highness’ great grandmother, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, to Britain to marry the Prince of Wales. Princess Alexandra of Denmark requested that the Admiral Sir Michael Seymour convey that “she was much pleased” with the conduct of the ship’s crew. The message was engraved on a brass plate fitted to the ship's wheel and can still be seen there today.

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