Princess Anne visits yacht club after father Prince Philip’s death and recalls sweet childhood memories with him

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Princess Anne returned to her royal duties just five days after the passing of her father, Prince Philip.

The royal princess attended an in-person event to the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Isle of Wight on Wednesday, somewhere she used to enjoy going with the Duke of Edinburgh when she was young.

Anne attended the event to view youth training at her late father’s beloved club, before travelling to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club by boat to watch more programmes.

Anne shared fond memories of sailing with her father as a child at the west Cowes-based club, admitting she was a bit of a “nuisance” on board.

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Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on Friday 9 April, was Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron and president of the Royal Yachting Association, as well as being an active member of a number of clubs in the Isle of Wight.

Anne, 70, was dressed in a navy jacket paired with a statement scarf tied to one side of her neck with an England broach pinned to her coat.

She paired the look with some smart black trousers and accessorised the look with a matching pair of black leather gloves and a handbag.

Speaking to Royal Yacht Squadron commodore Jamie Sheldon, Princess Anne said: “I was considered a bit too young and a bit of a nuisance.

“I started really with a Bloodhound (a yacht). I regressed to dinghy sailing for a bit, but then got a slightly bigger boat.

“Early memories, this was, days-out were great fun. Events here and events in Cowes. All of that. I can understand why he [Prince Philip] was here regularly.


“Of course the Royal Yachting Association used to have its meeting, summer meeting, used to be on Britannia during Cowes Week, all of that."

The Duke of Edinburgh, conducted his final royal solo engagement with the Royal Marines back in August 2017, before he stepped back from royal duties due to his ill health.

Princess Anne shared a sweet photograph of the pair at the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday, 11 April, calling him her “teacher, supporter and critic. ”

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The royal said: “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.

“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and a service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”

Prince Philip's funeral will take place this Saturday which will be televised on BBC 1.

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