PICTURES: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the Royal Navy in Plymouth
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited Plymouth.
Prince Charles flew out to city-based warship, HMS Bulwark, which is at sea, in his role as Admiral of the Fleet, and Commodore-in-Chief, Plymouth Royal Naval Command.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall, has been speaking to injured Royal Marines and medical staff of Hasler Company before attending a reception with some of the Royal Navy chaplains.
She spoke with Marine Spencer Vaughan, who broke his neck on an adventure training trip, and his fiancee Jodie Jenkins. The 25-year-old commando said it was an "honour" to meet her.
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He said: "It was really good to meet The Duchess. She was very interested in my life and what my future will be. It does give you a lift to have people like her giving us the time."
The Duchess of Cornwall is Commodore-in-Chief of Royal Naval Medical Services and is also Commodore-in-Chief of the Naval Chaplaincy Service.
Major Steve Melbourne, officer-in-charge Hasler Company, said: "It is a huge honour for all the guys and girls under Hasler and the staff to have a personal visit from The Duchess. It means a lot to them. This was a chance for the users of the Royal Naval Recovery Pathway to tell their stories to her. They all have individual stories of triumph over adversity and it was a chance to tell her what fantastic care they have had through Hasler Company."
Warrant Officer Martin Edwards, 46, of Ugborough, Devon, told the Duchess that Hasler Company was giving him invaluable support in his new career as a fine art restorer. He was injured in a road accident after 26 years in the Marines.
The Duchess of Cornwall then attended a reception for operational Royal Navy chaplains in the officer’s mess. She met chaplains from all Royal Naval units in the region, including Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and HMS Raleigh in Cornwall and Commando Training Centre and Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon. Of the 64 Royal Naval chaplains nationwide, 18 attended.
The chaplains offer pastoral care and spiritual and moral leadership to the men and women of the Naval Service and their dependants. The Duchess has been Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service since 2008.
The Reverend Scott Brown, Chaplain of the Fleet, said: “The Duchess of Cornwall is the royal patron of the Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service. In her role as Commodore-in-Chief of the service she was given the chance today to meet a selection of chaplains serving in Afghanistan, at sea in ships and overseas elsewhere. She writes to them at Christmas and generally keeps in touch as a form of royal support. The chaplains see this as adding value to their work. It is good to have her support and encouragement.’’