Friday, 25 November 2011

Duke of Gloucester in Bangor

Duke of Gloucest at RUYC

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester today visited the Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC), Bangor, County Down.

HRH is the Commodore and shows great interest in Club activities.

The Ulster Yacht Club, formed in 1866, was granted a Royal Warrant in 1869. In 1953 Her Majesty The Queen became Patron of the Club.

A strong link exists between the Royal Ulster Yacht Club and the America’s Cup, with Sir Thomas Lipton’s five challenges between 1898 and 1930. In 1970 the Club provided a trophy in his memory which is presented, on the occasion of each challenge, to the Yacht Club which has won the Challengers races and is about to race for the America’s Cup.

Upon arrival Prince Richard was greeted by Lord-lieutenant of County Down, Mr David Lindsay.

Upstairs HRH met the RUYC officers and their spouses who were presented by Dr Stanton Adair, Vice-Commodore, Royal Ulster Yacht Club, who accompanied His Royal Highness throughout the engagement.

Later, in the Lounge during a buffet lunch, Prince Richard met one hundred and fifty current members.

Dr Adair said a few words before inviting HRH to present a gift of an engraved crystal vase to long serving member of staff Heather Hamilton.

Dr Adair then invited HRH to say a few words and to sign the Visitors’ Book.

Before departing the Club, HRH met a number of key RUYC staff.

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