Prince Visits Museum

26th July 2011


His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited The Tank Museum whilst in Bovington to mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

Prince Edward, who is the honorary Colonel of the Dorset based Territorial Army unit, was given a tour of the Museum by 21 year old Marcus Cribb of Weymouth, who is both an Officer Cadet with the regiment and a Warden at The Tank Museum.

bovtm_prince_visits_museum_2.jpgMarcus said; “The Prince was fascinated by our World War Two vehicles, and the vehicles that have been used by the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and its antecedents, such as the Valentine, Sherman and the Stuart.”

“This was his first visit to The Tank Museum, he was really enthusiastic and had a surprisingly impressive technical knowledge. He said that he would have liked more time to explore the museum,” he added.

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry was formed in 1971 from an amalgamation of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, The Royal Gloucester Hussars and the Royal Devon Yemonary. It is based at the Armour Centre in Bovington.

Above: HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (centre) is shown around The Tank Museum by Marcus Cribb (left) and Chairman of The Tank Museum Trustees, Peter Gilchrist (right).
Right: HRH Prince Edward and Marcus Cribb examine a Jackal armoured vehicle in the Museum’s Battlegroup Afghanistan exhibition.

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