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Queen to open RNLI station on Isle of Wight visit

Thu 12 Jul 2012

Queen to open RNLI station on Isle of Wight visit

Details of the Queen's trip to the Isle of Wight this month have been revealed and the monarch will be officially opening a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat station during her time on the island.

She will be in Cowes on July 25th to perform the honour as one of a number of official engagements she had scheduled for the visit to the Isle of Wight.

Operations manager for the RNLI Mark Southwell stated it is going to be a big day for the town, with many people likely to turn out to welcome the Queen to the island.

"Right now the Royal family have a huge appeal after all the celebrations of the Jubilee weekend and we're looking forward to a good turnout to see the patron of our lifeboats charity," he said, noting everyone involved is "thrilled" the monarch will be in attendance to open the facility.

The refurbishment of the lifeboat station has been made possible as a result of a fundraising drive that set a target of £1 million for the work to be completed.

So far, £750,000 of that aim has been realised and it is hoped the Queen's visit to the institution will encourage individuals to dig deep and donate funds to help meet the final goal.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Queen to mark her visit to Cowes, while a full naming ceremony for the new lifeboat will be held following the end of her trip to the station.

The monarch will be accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, during her day on the Isle of Wight, which forms part of a full UK tour scheduled to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Major General Martin White said he was "delighted" the Queen will be coming to the island this summer.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801406272-ADNFCR

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