The conferral of the stern carving of the Royal Charles

On Thursday 16 March, H.R.H. the Prince of Orange attended the conferral of the stern carving of the former British Navy ship Royal Charles from the Netherlands’ Rijksmuseum to the Royal Museums Greenwich on board of the Ocean-Going Patrol Vessel Holland of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). The conferral ceremony was attended by Dutch and British dignitaries.
 
The changing possession of the stern carving
The stern carving of the Royal Charles was, together with the ship, captured by the Dutch after a successful surprising attack of Admiral De Ruyter in 1667. After being relocated a couple of times, it has been on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam since the end of the 19th century.

The Rijksmuseum is loaning the stern carving of the Royal Charles for the National Maritime Museum’s exhibition ‘Power, Pageantry & the Thames’, in contribution to the celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Holland class Offshore Patrol Vessels
The stern carving was brought to the UK by the MS Holland, which is the first ship of the Holland class Offshore Patrol Vessels, currently being built for the Royal Netherlands Navy by Ducth shipbuilder Damen. The other three ships in her class are known as the ‘Zeeland’, ‘Friesland’ and ‘Groningen’. The Holland was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in 2010. She has been running sea trials since her launch. The MS Holland is designed for general patrol duties and intervention tasks against lightly armed opponents such as pirates and smugglers.
 
H.R.H. the Prince of Orange is the Commodore of the Royal Netherlands Navy Reserve.
 
To see images of the conferral of the stern carving, please click here.
 
The stern carving of the former British Navy ship Royal Charles
 
Additional article about the MS Holland from Jane’s Navy International, June 2008
 
Additional article about the MS Holland from Jane’s International Defence Review, January 2012
 
Additional article about the MS Holland from Maritime by Holland, March 2012
 
Additional article about the MS Holland from Naval Forces, 2011
 
A note on the Royal Charles, its stern carvings and the Anglo-Dutch engagement at the Medway
 
A note on the Royal River Exposition of the National Maritime Museum