Queen Elizabeth “approved” the Duchess of Cambridge as sponsor of the new naval battleship.
Catherine’s husband, Prince William, said the 39-year-old royal family will have a strong relationship with HMS Glasgow, currently under construction in Scotland, which means she will have a “strong and enduring personal bond with the ship and her crew that often contributes to the achievement of important results, events and deployments. “
While visiting the BAE Systems shipyard, where the ship is being built, William, who is on a tour of Scotland with his grandmother, the Queen, said on Tuesday (6/21/21): “Today I am very pleased to announce that my family’s connection with the Type 26 will continue for long years. Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of my wife, Catherine, as sponsor of the excellent ship that we can see is taking shape on the outside – HMS Glasgow. I know Catherine will love it. to join you here in Glasgow for the naming ceremony. “
The prince also wondered how his late grandfather, Prince Philip, who passed away in April at the age of 99, would be delighted to see innovations at the shipyard.
He said: “My family’s love for the Royal Navy is well known, and when I saw the work going on here today, I thought of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. He would be fascinated and very excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice. “
During his visit, William was taken on a tour by apprentice electrician Kara Shannon and spoke to some of the other apprentices and alumni in training.
He also attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction on HMS Belfast and officially cut the first steel plate for the ship, which is the third Type 26 global warship to be produced at the shipyard to help protect the nation.
He said: “I am honored to play my small role in the continued advancement of the Royal Navy by cutting the very first steel for Ship 3 – HMS Belfast of the future.
“It will be the second ship to bear this name, as its predecessor carried out its duties with distinction and honor throughout World War II. The city of Belfast has always stood next to Glasgow with an excellent shipbuilding heritage, but now the city can again become synonymous with the Royal Navy. power and navigation.
“Catherine and I feel extremely happy to be part of Team Type 26 and we look forward to tracking the ships and their future crews in the coming years.”