The Duchess Of Gloucester Wraps Up Royal Visit

October 27, 2015

This weekend the Governor and Mrs Fergusson welcomed HRH The Duchess of Gloucester to Government House for her third visit to Bermuda as Colonel-in-Chief of the [now] Royal Bermuda Regiment.

The highlight of the visit was the Bermuda Tattoo at the Royal Naval Dockyard celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Regiment, but in a busy programme Her Royal Highness undertook a number of other engagements to meet members of the community.

On the evening of 23 October, Her Royal Highness was greeted on arrival at LF Wade International Airport by the Governor and Mrs Fergusson, The Premier and Mrs Dunkley, the Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Derrick Binns and Dr Nicola O’Leary, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Lt Col M F Foster-Brown and the Governor’s ADC, Capt Clifford Powell.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester Bermuda, October 23 2015-4

A Government House spokesperson said, “On Saturday, 24 October, Her Royal highness travelled by road to Somerset and visited Dockyard Glassworks where she was welcomed by Mrs Wendy Avery and her son, Alan.

“With the Governor and Mrs Fergusson she met participants in the Glassworks’ apprenticeship programme, and watched demonstrations, by both specialists and apprentices, of glassblowing, flamework and jewellery making.

“She then moved to the newly built Oracle Team USA base camp, met a multi-national gathering of members of the America’s Cup Teams and enjoyed an in-depth briefing on the practicalities of sailing the AC45s.

“After lunch at Government House, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited Charities House, where Mrs Martha Dismont, Mrs Debi Ray-Rivers and Dr Sandy DeSilva gave presentations on the work of the Family Centre and SCARS.

“Members of the community, young and old, whose lives have been touched by the work of these charities had the opportunity to talk to Her Royal Highness in a private meeting at Charities House.

The Bermuda Tattoo, October 24 2015-2

“Later that evening HRH The Duchess of Gloucester transferred by Police launch to Dockyard and took the salute as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Bermuda Regiment and guest of honour at the final performance of the 2015 Bermuda Tattoo.

“On Sunday, 25 October, after joining the congregation at St John’s Church, Pembroke for Morning Service, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited the headquarters of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Warwick Camp.

“She saw a demonstration by the Regiment’s Operational Support Unit, unveiled a plaque commemorating the placement of a cannon donated by the National Museum of Bermuda and restored by other benefactors, and had an opportunity to meet members of her Regiment and their families.

“The Duchess of Gloucester then visited WindReach Bermuda and was welcomed by Ms Erica Fulton, Mr Dudley Cottingham and Mr Stewart Ritchie.

“Her Royal Highness toured the facility, meeting participants in an art class for individuals living with dementia, a dog agility training class, several gardening classes and a boccia training session for a para-athletic team who will be competing for Bermuda in Colombia next week. A therapeutic riding demonstration and a visit to the stables completed the visit.”

Video of the Duchess of Glouceste’s rarrival in Bermuda on Friday evening:

The Governor and Mrs Fergusson along with Premier and Mrs Dunkley were at LF Wade International Airport to bid farewell to Her Royal Highness who returned to the UK on Sunday night.

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  1. Holy Moly says:

    It’s always nice when Royalty stops by for a visit.