04:50AM, Monday 07 April 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh paid a special visit to Windsor's historic sea cadets today as the unit held an open day at its training ship, Windsor Castle.
The T.S. Windsor Castle is the oldest unit in the Sea Cadet Corps and has been based at its current location in Stovell Road since 1986. The unit was first established in 1899.
The Duke was introduced to distinguished cadets - including life vice-president of the unit Lt Peter Knibbs, 84, who has been part of the unit since 1964 - before observing demonstrations of the activities done by the sea and marine cadets of the unit.
Cadets demonstrated their first aid, camping and survival, piping and ropework skills in front of an interested Duke, who praised them for their skills as well as making numerous quips.
He was also presented with a plaque baring the unit's badge by petty officer Sophie Levy.
The 16-year-old from Windsor said; "I only found out this morning I would be doing that! I was really nervous, but I remembered my lines and it was an honour."
Unit chaplain the Rev John Wasley, 65, was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal by the Duke at the end of the Royal visit.
The Duke will be back in Windsor again tomorrow for the Irish state visit. Click here for more details.
See Friday's Windsor Express for more on the Duke of Edinburgh's sea cadets visit.
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