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1778 - Visit by King George III

4th June. George III and Queen Charlotte came to Portsmouth on a five day visit during which they inspected the Dockyard and reviewed the fleet.

To celebrate the King’s birthday men of the Dockyard together with the foremen, quartermen, converters, measurers etc. walked in procession, with blue ribbons and laurel branches in their hats and with white wands in their hands; they went to the Commissioner’s House and then round the Yard from the officers houses and into the town ending up at the Hard where they gave three Cheers before going home.