Will undertake role for five years

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Chatham’s historic dockyard has been given the royal seal of approval as Prince Charles takes on the role of patron

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, will be at the helm for a five year period.

The Prince, a former Royal Navy officer, has a long association with the tourist attraction and opened its library in 2004.

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said: “This underscores our reputation as a nationally important heritage destination with a strong future.

“More importantly, I am delighted for every single member of staff whose loyalty and commitment to making this place, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, a visitor attraction second to none has been recognised. Without such dedication by its people, both full-time and volunteer, no organisation can aspire to Royal Patronage”.

Bill Ferris, chief executive of the trust added: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became Patron of No 1 Smithery then called the National Museums at Chatham project in April 2006.

“He extended his patronage further in July 2011 to incorporate the historically important Command of the Oceans project which is centred around the significant find of the ship’s timbers of HMS Namur.

“The fact that he has agreed to be Patron of the entire Historic Dockyard Chatham site is huge recognition of the work that we are doing in bringing this sensitive heritage site in the heart of Medway back to life in such creative and sustainable ways, generating substantial return on investment as well as creating a world class heritage destination.”

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