Prince Phillip's posthumous naval honour
Prince Philip has been honoured posthumously, with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution naming their newest boat after the recently passed royal.
The announcement came on the 71st anniversary of Prince Phillip assuming command of the HMS Magpie in 1950 – a huge moment in the decorated royal's naval career.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity organisation tweeted “we’re excited to reveal that Wells-next-the-Sea’s new Shannon class lifeboat will be named Duke of Edinburgh, in honour of his maritime service”.
The Royal family welcomed the honour, tweeting about it alongside a range of lovely images.
On this day in 1950, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh assumed command of HMS Magpie and we’re excited to reveal that Wells-next-the-Sea’s new Shannon class lifeboat will be named Duke of Edinburgh, in honour of his maritime service @RoyalFamily @RoyalNavy pic.twitter.com/Yp9uey8JYI
— RNLI (@RNLI) September 2, 2021
Earlier on in June, Prince Charles visited the charity’s Lifeboat centre in Poole where, as a nod to his father’s naval career, he installed a silver magpie on the new lifeboat.