Members of the Royal Yacht Squadron turned out in full dress for the fleet review which was conducted by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh aboard HMS Ranger on 6 June

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh conducted a ‘fleet review’ of the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) in Cowes.

To commemorate the bicentenary of the exclusive yacht club, in excess of 180 yachts turned out, dressed overall, with their crew wearing the Squadron’s familiar uniform of blazers and white trousers.


The Duke of Edinburgh was joined by The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent along with King Harald of Norway, King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie, Prince Albert of Monaco and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

The RYS fired off a 21-gun salute as the Duke of Edinburgh climbed aboard HMS Ranger in order to conduct a review of the members’ yachts. The fleet comprised all manner of craft from small RIBs to sailing and motor superyachts, classic and modern, including the William Fife-designed Mariquita and the 246ft motor yacht Leander.

21-gun salute

21-gun salute. Photo Credit Mark Lloyd

As the Duke of Edinburgh passed the columns of yachts, each crew in turn doffed their caps and offered the Duke a salute, which he reciprocated enthusiastically.

Christopher Sharples, commodore of the RYS, accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh throughout the day. He commented: “His Royal Highness clearly enjoyed himself enormously. As a keen sailor himself and past commodore, he retains a strong affinity with the Squadron, which he demonstrated by his enthusiastic support of our bicentenary.”

The Royal party and members of the public gathered along the Parade in Cowes to round off the days celebrations to the tune of Beating the Retreat, played by the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

The Duke of Edinburgh looks on approvingly as the band of Her Majesties Royal Marine march past

The Duke of Edinburgh looks on approvingly as the band of Her Majesties Royal Marine marches past. Photo Credit Mark Lloyd


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