DUKE AND DUCHESS VISIT TWO ISLANDS DESPITE FOG
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their visit to the Isles of Scilly cut short on Friday due to fog but managed to fulfil their commitments on Tresco and St Martin’s.
Initial plans to meet a pilot gig crew on Porthmellon Beach and travel across to St Mary’s Harbour to view the recent quay extension were cancelled as dense fog enveloped the islands throughout the morning.
At one point it looked like the entire schedule of engagements would be cancelled but the afternoon saw the islands back to their best, basking in glorious sunshine.
The royal couple flew into Tresco by helicopter and enjoyed a wander through the terraces of the Abbey Garden with the Dorrien-Smith family before travelling by boat to St Martin’s in the harbourmaster’s vessel Pegasus.
Harbourmaster Dale Clark made a short diversion towards Wind Surf, one of the largest sailing cruise ships in the world, which was anchored in Crow Sound. The foghorn sounded as the royals passed alongside the five-masted vessel, much to the delight of passengers and crew.
Upon landing on St Martin’s the royals walked from the quay to Churchtown Farm, where they stopped for a tour from owners Ben and Zoe Julian, and on to the community centre, stopping to chat to locals and visitors along the way.
It was the first time Prince William had visited Scilly since he was a child and speaking after the visit, Chairman of Council Amanda Martin said: “I hope this will start a tradition of their Royal Highnesses visiting the islands because they will always be made very welcome on Scilly.”