The crest of HMS Prince of Wales has been unveiled by the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, the Lord Mayor Jos Clark, Captain Darren Houston and Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Peaches Golding OBE during a ceremony at City Hall today.
HMS Prince of Wales is the Royal Navy’s newest 65,000-tonne, Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier. Last month, the ship was welcomed into its home port of Portsmouth by officers, friends, family and thousands of onlookers.
Bristol is one of two cities affiliated with the ship and its crew, the other being Liverpool. This is the first time the Council will house a ship’s crest in City Hall.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said, “We are honoured to be affiliated with the ship and crew of HMS Prince of Wales and to have the opportunity to display their crest in Bristol. Our maritime history is an important part of Bristol’s identity; it’s woven into the fabric of our community and it’s something we’re very proud of. I look forward to continuing our affiliation and hope to welcome the crew back to Bristol again in the near future.”
Lord Mayor of Bristol Jos Clark said, “I had the privilege of attending the event in Portsmouth that saw HMS Prince of Wales docking. To stand alongside the family and friends of crew members to witness her arrival was a special moment.
“I am so proud to be unveiling the crest of this incredible ship alongside the Mayor and Captain Houston, and to further demonstrate the importance our affiliation with the ship and crew is to our city.”
Commanding Officer Captain Darren Houston said, “Bristol has such strong maritime links, and I’m delighted to play a part in the unveiling of the Ship’s crest in a city so attached to its history.
“The Ship’s Company of HMS Prince of Wales are proud to be affiliated with Bristol and are excited for the future opportunities that this relationship presents.”
Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Peaches Golding OBE said, “Bristol is a welcoming city. The future of the city and HMS Prince of Wales will be intertwined - bringing opportunities ranging from education to well-being for businesses and communities alike.”
HMS Prince of Wales was welcomed to Portsmouth last month with a fly-past by two Hawk jets and a Wildcat helicopter. The vessel is 280 metres long, making it the longest and most powerful ship built by the Royal Navy. It will carry a crew of at least 700 and can also carry 36 jets and four helicopters.
Bristol’s affiliation with HMS Prince of Wales will see the city’s name being carried across the world as the vessel tours the globe in a variety of ambassadorial, humanitarian and combat roles. It also opens up shared opportunities for Bristol’s communities.