HMS DIAMOND Coronation Reception – 3rd May 2023

On Wednesday 3rd May we continued our recent period of Royal Navy engagement by attending the First Sea Lord’s Coronation Reception in HMS DIAMOND, moored at Greenwich in London.  As the Guardship for the Coronation, she is the Navy’s focal point for the weekend.

A group of very excited gentlemen, led by The Master, mustered on the jetty in Greenwich in the glorious sunshine to be ferried onboard one of His Majesty’s finest Warships. Supporting the Master were Past Masters Howell, Grant, Raines, Cheeseman and Riley, The Upper Warden Lorne MacKillop, Honorary Steward Wilson and Liverymen Orr-Ewing, Hunter and Collins.

Many of those attending from the Livery had contributed personally to the victuals on offer that evening and it was evident, immediately, that this would make the evening very special for all concerned.

Despite the wind whistling down the Thames the reception quickly filled up with over 200 people in attendance, from all walks of life, and we were ably entertained by cadets from the Naval Band from the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk.

We were warmly welcomed by the Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, whom Liveryman Simon Collins had previously served with which gave it a personal element too.

Following the CO’s excellent speech, the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key, spoke of his involvement in the Coronation rehearsals that day and his gratitude to the Distillers for their generosity toward the evening.  After ceremonial sunset we were ferried back to shore and went on our separate ways.

Another excellent evening in the company of the Royal Navy where the Senior Service demonstrated one of the many reasons it is as such!

Simon Collins
Chairman, MALT