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HMS Vengeance Association reunion, Novatel, Nottingham, April 2002
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HMAS Vengeance during the Australian Royal Tour 1954 (Vengeance Association)

The Captain used a signed photograph of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which the ship's company then reproduced the signature. A copy of this photograph was sent to the Queen, to which she replied "A most original forgery".

By serving in the Royal Navy, the present Royal family have followed in the footsteps of many other royal figures into the 'Silent Service'. Connections between the monarch and the Navy go all the way back to Alfred the Great in the 9th Century. Today's Royal Family served on Royal Naval aircraft carriers and knew HMS Vengeance.

Review of the Home Fleet onboard HMS Vengeance in the Clyde by HM King George VI in July 1947, along with HRH  PrincessElizabeth with HRH Princess Margaret, HM Queen Elizabeth, and Lt Philip Mountbatten RN (Vengeance Associaation)

HRH Prince Philip- The Duke of Edinburgh was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War. The Duke's first naval appointment, aged 18, was as a midshipman to HMS RAMILLIES. Towards the end of the Second World War Prince Philip served in the destroyer HMS WHELP in the British Pacific Fleet, and was present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2nd September 1945.

HRH Prince Charles, the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles was made Prince of Wales
in 1958 and is the heir to the British throne. On September 2, 1974 The Prince joined the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton for helicopter flying training before being assigned to 845 Naval Air Squadron as a pilot on board the commando carrier HMS Hermes. See the Biography of his naval career.

HRH Prince Andrew - The Duke of York even joined the Fleet AirArm and served on the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible in 1982 during the Falklands conflict. On 12 Sept 1979 Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy on a short-service commission as a seaman officer specialising as a helicopter pilot, receiving his helicopter wings from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1981. See the Royal Insight for details of Prince Andrew's naval career.

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Official Website of the British Monachy
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme


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