Duke of Kent visits Fraserburgh to mark 55 years as RNLI President

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The Duke of Kent has visited Fraserburgh to mark 55 years as President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The visit coincided with the announcement that King Charles III is to become the new Patron of RNLI, following in his mother’s footsteps. The Duke of Kent presented the lifeboat station with the first house flag featuring the King’s Crown.

The Duke met with students from the Fraserburgh Academy who have completed a 6-week RNLI ‘Mini Crew’ Program. He was accompanied by Chief Executive of the RNLI, Mark Dowie, who said, “Today was a very special day for the RNLI and the charity’s longstanding heritage with the Royal Family since our foundation in 1824. Fraserburgh was a fitting host for our President’s 55th-anniversary visit, with so many personal connections between The Kent Family and the station. The Duke has provided unwavering support to the RNLI for 55 years, visiting almost all the lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, attending countless lifeboat naming and station opening events and meeting crew members, fundraisers, supporters and staff.

“Our President’s warmth, generosity and understanding of our lifesaving work is incredibly valued by the charity and the time His Royal Highness spends with each volunteer is greatly appreciated by the Institution.

“We also welcomed the news of our new Patron, King Charles III this morning and there was an immense sense of pride across the Fraserburgh RNLI team as they became the first RNLI lifeboat station to fly our new house flag featuring The King’s Crown this afternoon.”


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