Duke of Cornwall welcomed by RNLI to Fistral Beach

RNLI/Phil Monckton

As Duke of Cornwall, Prince William has been welcomed by the RNLI to Fistral Beach.

The Duke met members of the local community and was introduced to RNLI Head of Lifeguard Services Robbie Warrington, Henry Irvine, RNLI Lifeguard Lead for the Southwest, and RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Lewis Timson.

William watched a training session on a course with barriers and training signage before meeting duty lifeguards Saul Woodfinden and Elise Irish at the observation tower of the RNLI lifeguard facility.

RNLI/Phil Monckton

The Duke of Cornwall was also able to meet volunteers from Newquay RNLI Lifeboat Station.

One volunteer, Gareth Horner, said about the visit: “It was incredible for myself and some of the lifeboat crew to have the opportunity to meet The Duke of Cornwall today. The team spoke to him about the lifesaving work we do, the training and commitment involved in being a volunteer, and the joined-up work we do with the charity’s lifeguards and other search and rescue services in the area. It was particularly special for me as today is my birthday, The Duke wished me a Happy Birthday, it was a lovely way to celebrate.”

William was presented with a copy of the book To Save Every One, which commemorates 200 years of the RNLI, and three RNLI lifeguard towels for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Last year, the RNLI lifeguards saved 26 lives and assisted 6,973 people at 58 beaches.

This was Prince William’s first visit to a RNLI facility in Cornwall since he inherited the title upon the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of his father, King Charles III, to the throne in 2022.

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