HMS ROYAL OAK- a melancholy task

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HMS ROYAL OAK- a melancholy task

Post by Deepol » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:27 am

My late mother, an expert in all royal matters used to have this photo but it became mislaid over the years but I did find another copy in later years.
It shows HMS ROYAL OAK leaving Portsmouth in November 1938 conveying the body of Queen Maud of Norway who had tragically died after taking ill on a visit home to the UK. ROYAL OAK also flew the Norwegian flag and her White Ensign was at half-mast.
Queen Maud as Princess Maud was daughter of King Edward VII. She married the future Norwegian king.
The LMS named one of the Princess Royal Pacifics after her giving her the monarch title.
Today October 14 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK at Scapa Flow on October 14th 1939 and we remember the 833 members of her crew of whom a great number were boys who lost their lives. She of course is a Designated War Grave in the Flow.
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