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Prince William reveals ‘delighted’ Kate Middleton has been appointed the sponsor of HMS Glasgow

Prince William has revealed his ‘delighted’ wife Kate Middleton has been appointed the sponsor of HMS Glasgow – after saying his late grandfather Prince Philip would have been ‘excited and fascinated’ by the skills on display at a shipyard.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who has joined his grandmother the Queen, 95, for Royal Week in Scotland, spoke movingly about the late Duke of Edinburgh after touring the warship under construction.

William – known as the Earl of Strathearn when north of the border – visited the BAE Systems yard in Govan, Glasgow, to meet the team building HMS Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde. 

He announced that the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has become the sponsor of the Royal Navy frigate and will officially name her after the Queen approved her appointment to the role.

Prince William (pictured) has revealed his ‘delighted’ wife Kate Middleton has been appointed the sponsor of HMS Glasgow – after saying his late grandfather Prince Philip would have been ‘excited and fascinated’ by the skills on display at a shipyard

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who has joined his grandmother the Queen, 95, for Royal Week in Scotland, spoke movingly about the late Duke of Edinburgh after touring the warship under construction (pictured)

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who has joined his grandmother the Queen, 95, for Royal Week in Scotland, spoke movingly about the late Duke of Edinburgh after touring the warship under construction (pictured)

William announced that the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 39, has become the sponsor of the Royal Navy frigate and will officially name her

William announced that the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 39, has become the sponsor of the Royal Navy frigate and will officially name her

William’s visit to the shipyard was originally due to take place in May but Covid restrictions meant it had to be postponed.

He announced: ‘Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of my wife Catherine as sponsor of the superb ship we see taking shape outside – HMS Glasgow. 

‘I know that Catherine will be delighted to join you here in Glasgow for the naming ceremony in due course.’ 

On arrival at the shipyard, the duke met a group of staff in the shadow of the towering City Class Type 26 frigate. 

William (pictured right) - known as the Earl of Strathearn when north of the border - visited the BAE Systems yard in Govan, Glasgow, to meet the team building HMS Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde

William (pictured right) – known as the Earl of Strathearn when north of the border – visited the BAE Systems yard in Govan, Glasgow, to meet the team building HMS Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde

William's (pictured)  visit to the shipyard was originally due to take place in May but Covid restrictions meant it had to be postponed

William’s (pictured)  visit to the shipyard was originally due to take place in May but Covid restrictions meant it had to be postponed

When told that the two halves had recently been welded together, William joked: ‘Who’s responsible for the middle joining up?’ 

Impressed by the engineering challenge, he added: ‘It’s a real feat to be able to sandwich these two together.’

The duke also took part in a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of the work on HMS Belfast, a City Class Type 26 global combat ship.

Before pressing a button to begin the underwater process, William told gathered staff and senior BAE Systems executives: ‘It is a real honour to see the Navy’s incredible new Type 26 ships under construction.

On arrival at the shipyard (pictured), the duke met a group of staff in the shadow of the towering City Class Type 26 frigate

On arrival at the shipyard (pictured), the duke met a group of staff in the shadow of the towering City Class Type 26 frigate

When told that the two halves had recently been welded together, William (pictured meeting staff) joked: 'Who's responsible for the middle joining up?'

When told that the two halves had recently been welded together, William (pictured meeting staff) joked: ‘Who’s responsible for the middle joining up?’

‘The scale of achievement is truly staggering, and all the staff I’ve met here today are rightly proud of what you are doing.

‘Proud not just because you are creating these cutting-edge ships, but because you are supporting the Royal Navy and the national security of the United Kingdom.’

He added: ‘My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known, and, as I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The duke (pictured talking with workers) also took part in a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of the work on HMS Belfast, a City Class Type 26 global combat ship

The duke (pictured talking with workers) also took part in a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of the work on HMS Belfast, a City Class Type 26 global combat ship

Before pressing a button to begin the underwater process, William (pictured) told gathered staff and senior BAE Systems executives: 'It is a real honour to see the Navy's incredible new Type 26 ships under construction'

Before pressing a button to begin the underwater process, William (pictured) told gathered staff and senior BAE Systems executives: ‘It is a real honour to see the Navy’s incredible new Type 26 ships under construction’

‘He would have been fascinated and excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.’

Philip served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had a long association with the service after leaving, and also had a passion for engineering.

The Queen’s late consort once said in an interview: ‘The whole of our infrastructure, from sewers to power supplies and communication, everything that wasn’t invented by God is invented by an engineer.’ 


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