HRH Prince Michael of Kent visited the Isle of Wight on July 20th and July 21st, 2021.
At Havenstreet Railway HRH departed for a round trip on the line travelling First Class in a rebuild of an 1864 Oldbury Coach. He then went on to unveil a 50th Anniversary Memorial plaque in Station Yard which paid tribute to all those who contributed towards the success of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway over the last 50 years. The Prince was then taken on a tour of the Train Story Museum.
The following day HRH visited Sandown seafront to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the War Memorial. Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat provided a guard of honour on his arrival and school children from Sandown CE Primary school presented the Prince with a personally designed mug.
The Prince then went to the Broadway Centre where he presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to the Isle of Wight Bus Partnership. The award was received on behalf of the volunteers by Alan Stott; the citation for the award was read by Dr Nicholas England DL. After the presentation His Royal Highness met volunteer drivers and regular users of the bus service.