On Saturday 6th August 2022, HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence visited the Island for the Solent Platinum Jubilee Celebration. A spectacular showcase of more than 400 boats took place in the Solent in recognition of the support the Royal Family has given to the sailing community over the last 70 years.
On Tuesday 26th July 2022, HRH The Princess Royal visited Cheetah Marine in Ventnor. During her visit she went on board the catamaran “Wetwheels Edinburgh” designed for people with disabilities. She also had the opportunity to meet the staff and hear about the other boats in production.
HRH The Princess Royal then went on to Mountbatten Hospice where she met patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. During her tour of Mountbatten, which included the John Cheverton Centre, she was updated on the charity’s work. Among the groups she met were those from the Knit and Natter and the singing group. She also met the Kissypuppy team to talk about end-of-life services for children on the Island.
Finally at UKSA in Cowes, Princess Anne officially opened its new Sea Change 136-bed accommodation centre, enabling the charity to greet an additional 3,000 young people each year.
As patron of the maritime training provider, Her Royal Highness spent the afternoon taking a tour of the new facility, unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion and had the opportunity to meet donors.
On Saturday 2nd July 2022, the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon took the salute at the march-past of service personnel, veterans, standard bearers and cadets in celebration of Armed Forces Day.
The Lord-Lieutenant opened the ceremony, followed with a blessing by County Legion Chaplain, Rev Tony Richards
On Thursday 23rd June 2022, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL attended a Service on behalf of HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon at the Masonic Centre in Cowes.
Following the successful signing between United Grand Lodge of England and the Ministry of Defence, the Service further enhances the Military Covenant with Isle of Wight Freemasons and retired and serving Freemasons.
On Tuesday 14th June 2022, a wreath laying ceremony was held in St Thomas’ Square Newport, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the
Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL represented the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant.
Following the ceremony, the Isle of Wight Council re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, showing its commitment to the Armed Forces Community. The Covenant was signed by the Leader of the Council. Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox and co-signed by Cdre Mel Robinson CBE ADC RNR
On Friday 10th June 2022, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight presented Mr Ian Lloyd BEM with the British Empire Medal.
In the role of the Isle of Wight Council’s Strategic Manager for Partnerships and Support Services in adult social care, Mr Lloyd led the setup and delivery of the Covid-19 helpline along with the 26-strong community hub response, throughout the Coronavirus pandemic that provided tailored support to over 10,500 shielded Island residents.
On Sunday 5th June 2022, The Lord-Lieutenant invited people from all walks of life, to attend a Service at the Minster to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Queensgate Primary School, winners of the ‘Primary Schools Choir’ section, at this years Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, performed during the service, along with Choirs of the Parish of Newport and Carisbrooke and The Voices of the Isle of Wight.
Readings were read by :
- A student at Cowes Enterprise College
- A teacher at Christ the King College
- A Street Pastor and
- A Senior Citizen
On Saturday 4th June 2022, HM Lord-Lieutenant attended a Church Service at Christ Church, Sandown to mark the Platinum Jubilee for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. After the service, the Lord-Lieutenant planted a rose to mark the occasion.