Royal approval for new Leeds naval base

HRH Princess Anne formally commisions HMS Ceres at Carlton Barracks.
HRH Princess Anne formally commisions HMS Ceres at Carlton Barracks.
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A new naval base in Leeds has been given the royal seal of approval.

The Princess Royal officially opened the new Royal Naval Reserves home at Carlton Barracks in the city at the weekend.

HRH Princess Anne formally commisions HMS Ceres at Carlton Barracks, a new base for the Royal Navy, in Leeds.

HRH Princess Anne formally commisions HMS Ceres at Carlton Barracks, a new base for the Royal Navy, in Leeds.

Princess Anne commissioned HMS Ceres in front of civic dignitaries, government officials and the sailors who look set to become part of HMS Ceres’ ship’s company.

Also on parade were the Royal Marines Band from Plymouth and a Royal Guard who was inspected by HRH before the official address and unveiling of the plaque.

HMS Ceres is the first Royal Navy shore establishment to be commissioned since 1994.

Leeds has a big affiliation to the Royal Navy with its links to the late HMS Ark Royal.

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