The Prince Alfred stone records the visit of HRH The Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (and later Duke of Saxe-Coburg) (1844-1900), second son of Queen Victoria, between 24 February and 3 March 1871. He was then in command of HMS Galatea travelling the world between November 1868 and May 1871. Also on board was the raffish Lord Charles Beresford, delighted to be ‘afloat in a crack sailing ship, smart and well found in every detail.’ In the Falklands Lord Charles was pleased to discover a relative with a ranch, who used bulldogs to catch his bulls by the nose and hold them while they were lassoed by the gauchos.
The plaque also records the arrival at the same spot of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1921), who visited from HMY Britannia between 7 & 9 January 1957, during his voyage through the Southern hemisphere. Prince Philip was taken in the Governor’s taxi to Government House and then took part in the Annual Sailors’ race, winning by a length. He was flown in a Beaver floatplane to see more of the island. Britannia then sailed to Fox Bay, West Falkland where he saw the meteorological station and inspected local farming. He rode a horse with a sheepskin saddle in order to photograph Magellan Penguins and Logger Duck on a remote beach.
The plaque was unveiled by HRH The Duke of Kent on 2 October 1990.
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A medal was purchased for this point by: Falklands Island Government