The new Royal Museums Greenwich collections storage and conservation facility will be named after Prince Philip.

The Duke Of Edinburgh has decided to allow the museum to use his name for the Kidbrooke site, which will be called the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

The 94-year-old has been actively engaged with Royal Museums Greenwich for nearly 70 years and has supported the organisation as a trustee and, most recently, its patron.

Construction of the new facility, less than three miles from the main Greenwich site, will commence in June and should be completed by late July 2017.

Royal Museums Greenwich director Dr Kevin Fewster said: “We believe this centre will be a major addition to the cultural offer within this part of the royal borough.

“The name of our new collection facility is a fitting tribute to our patron’s sustained and unwavering commitment to the museum, Cutty Sark and maritime history generally.

“We are honoured that Prince Philip has allowed us to recognize his long-standing and active association in this way.”

The Prince has a long association with the sea having joined the Royal Navy in 1939.

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