RNLI name new lifeboat in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has announced that a brand new lifeboat will be named after the Duke of Edinburgh in his honour.

The state-of-the-art Duke of Edinburgh lifeboat will go into service next year in late 2022, at Wells-on-Sea on the Norfolk coast.

The Royal Family shared the news on their official social media account, explaining that the RNLI had chosen to name the new lifeboat in honour of the late Prince Philip due to his “lifelong commitment to maritime services and his Royal Navy career.”

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The post explained that the Duke had trained at Dartmouth and became one of the “youngest First Lieutenants” in the Navy and “saw active service in WWII.”

The announcement was made yesterday (2 September) which also marked 71 years to the day in which Prince Philip assumed command on the ship HMS Magpie.

The Royal Family’s social media post included a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh’s son, Prince Charles, “installing a silver magpie onto the new lifeboat in Poole earlier this year.” A close up of the silver plaque featuring a small magpie emblem in a circle was also included.

The main photograph, however, was a black and white archive image of Prince Philip shaking hands with crew members.

The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 99 years old.

Members of the public offered their best wishes by leaving supportive comments on the post saying, “What a wonderful tribute! I'm sure His Royal Highness would have loved this” and “What a wonderful person the Duke of Edinburgh was, such an example to so many people.”

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