His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited the Cheshire Military Museum in Chester in November.

Personnel from the museum and its Trustees were on hand to guide His Royal Highness through the displays, exhibits and work of the museum in education with its links to local schools and colleges, in archives and restoration and in providing an important hub for veterans, serving and future military personnel.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 8th July and the Cheshire Military Museum offered its congratulations to HRH as the museum celebrates its own golden anniversary this year.

Colonel Martyn Forgrave OBE, Chairman of the Trustees at the Cheshire Military Museum said; “We were exceptionally pleased to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to the Cheshire Military Museum.

“The county of Cheshire and the city of Chester have a long and distinguished military history dating back to Roman times. For over three hundred years, the region has punched above its weight in service to the Royal Navy, British Army and latterly the Royal Air Force; a loyal partnership.”

He added; “Chester Castle is the home of the Cheshire Military Museum which tells the story of the Cheshire Regiment, part of the Mercian Regiment since 2007, C (CY) Sqn (formerly The Cheshire Yeomanry) of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and more latterly the other services. It is also a hub for veterans many of whom volunteer their services and is co-located with a detachment of the Army Cadet Force which is part of the North West Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association.”

Cheshire Military Museum, Visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. Museum’s Staff Alex Clark greets HRH The Duke of Gloucester to view the pen used by US General MacArthur to sign the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, marking the end of hostilities in WWII.

Cheshire Military Museum, Visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. Picture HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG signing the visitors book, looking on Colonel Martyn Forgrave OBE.

Cheshire Military Museum, Visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. Picture Colonel Martyn Forgrave introducing HRH The Duke of Gloucester to Chester Cadet Attachment. L/Cpl Beard, L/Cpl Lewis and SMI Lewis.