Much has happened since the last editon of the City Royal, the Covid situation is improving and the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is approaching, which is very good news. What was not good news was the crossing of he bar of our former Captain General of more than 64 years, HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. He will be remembered throughout the Corps with great affection for his forthrightness, friendliness, his avid interest in the Corps and last but by no means least his aptude for making all marines individually special. With the approval of our President it was agreed that the condolences of the branch be sent directly to Her Majesty in the appropriate form and is replicated on the following page.
Despite being unable to meet physically, the branch committee has relied on monthly online meetings to maintain continuity. Subject to Government guidelines, its timetable and the ability of the UJC to facilitate those requirements, the committee will be looking into the possibility of holding the very first post lockdown meeting in June. There have been successes; we now have a new branch secretary - Richard Kingshott and a new events organiser - David (Paddy) Wilkes, both of whom have now assumed responsibility for their respective roles. We welcome them aboard and look forward to a long and fruitfull association. Also, we now have a modernised branch website incorporating links to social media - see Branch Info on page 8. We have to give a big, big thanks to Susannah Perry-Greene for her tremendous input into upgrading our comms, it wouldn’t have been achieved without her.
Please continue to stay alert and safe.
With very best wishes,