Culdrose crews drink a tot of rum on the Queen's orders
3:30pm Monday 16th July 2012 in Helston
The men and women of RNAS Culdrose have celebrated their efforts during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a tot of rum.
Over the course of the day, sailors of an eligible age from across the station gathered in their respective messes at lunch and after work to toast the Queen.
Those on the station under the age of 18, or personnel required for duty, were given a non alcoholic alternative.
It follows the direction from Her Majesty to splice the mainbrace - an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink The honour – a tradition conferred by the Monarch at or after victory in battle, the change of a Monarch, a Royal birth, a Royal wedding or an inspection of the Fleet – recognises the central role played by the ‘Senior Service’ over the course of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
In a personal message to the Naval Service, Her Majesty said: “Please convey my warm thanks to all those who serve in the Royal Navy for their kind message of loyal greetings, sent on the occasion of my official birthday and the 60th anniversary of my accession to the throne. In this Diamond Jubilee year Prince Philip and I send our good wishes to you all. Splice the mainbrace.”