Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Becomes Royal Patron of Friends of TS Queen Mary

Friends of TS Queen Mary today announced that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has become Royal Patron of the charity.

The Royal Patronage not only is a wonderful step forward for the renaissance of TS Queen Mary, it also is a huge honour.

Commenting on the Royal Patronage announcement, Iain Sim, Chairman, said:

“We are delighted and deeply honoured that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has agreed to become our Royal Patron. This is a great boost for our on-going work to restore this British icon to her former glory and to preserve her for future generations.”

Crawford Paterson, Vice Chairman, said:

“This decision re-establishes the Royal link to TS Queen Mary, which was named after The Princess Royal’s great grandmother. The ship, of course, also carried Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), the Princess Elizabeth – now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – and the Princess Margaret”.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre’s Chief Executive, said:

“Glasgow Science Centre is proud to play its part in ensuring TS Queen Mary has a bright future on the Clyde and we are delighted to have this iconic ship sit prominently beside our building.”

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, said:

“I’m incredibly proud to support this multi-faceted project to refurbish this iconic steamer as an exciting visitor attraction as well as an educational, interactive maritime experience. Her permanent berth at Glasgow Science Centre is the perfect location for what was once the world’s largest and most luxurious Clyde pleasure steamer.”

Since restoration work began, we have raised and invested almost £2 million pounds, in cash and in-kind, from donors across Britain and overseas, reflecting TS Queen Mary’s pre-eminence and international appeal.

A number of celebrities have pledged their support, including actor and author Robbie Coltrane OBE, who remains Patron of the charity.

Iain Sim