THE Duke of Edinburgh visited internationally renowned-boatbuilders Clare Lallow in Cowes this morning (Monday).
Prince Philip met workers as he toured the historic boat yard — established in 1867 — and viewed a number of restoration projects, including 'Opposition’, formerly Prime Minister Edward Heath’s 'Morning Cloud’.
The Duke, who had specifically requested the visit, spent around 45 minutes being shown around by current owner, Laurie Boarer, before telling workers to get "back to work" as he left for his next engagement at famous marine photographers, Beken of Cowes.
Cowes Week crowds gathered outside the famous shop in Birmingham Road while the Duke viewed a small part of the company’s extensive archive, including photographs of him sailing 'Bloodhound’, 'Bluebottle’ and 'Cowslip’.
He commented on his relationship with photographers, but said he would always smile for the Beken camera "because they portray me in a good light’.
People clapped as he emerged from the shop and walked the short distance to Cowes Yacht Haven where he met management from Aberdeen Asset Management, including its chief executive Martin Gilbert, and young people from the Cowes-based sailing academy, UKSA.
Last night (Sunday) he attended the annual Cowes Week service at Holy Trinity Church.