No fewer than 150 members of the Hamble-based club were invited to the reception by the organisation’s patron, HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and in a peculiar coincidence, the event also marked 175 years since Buckingham Palace first served as the official London residence of the British sovereign. A pre-luncheon Champagne reception was held in the Picture Gallery, during which guests were presented to His Royal Highness by the Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Mark Inkster. Lunch was then held in the State Ballroom.

Royal Southern YC toast

Royal Southern YC toast - photo Mike Austen

His Royal Highness is celebrating 64 years of club membership and the Royal Southern Yacht Club has enjoyed Royal patronage since its formation. His Royal Highness was gracious enough to accept the invitation to become Admiral of the Club in 1952 and then became its official Patron in 2002. This latest luncheon represents yet another illustrious chapter in the history of this famous boating institution.