You’ll have to bear with this… as always, the Princess Royal gave generously of her time when she formally opened LCT 7074 at Southsea’s ‘D-Day Story’. There were around forty of us to meet. Nothing daunted, the Princess spent real time with everyone – and exchanged friendly words with me about the restoration, before touring the ship and dedicating her. And then she stopped for a moment on the way out to talk to me again (picture – courtesy The National Museum of the Royal Navy.) That gave me a chance to mention that my father, Captain Robert White CBE RN, had been at D-Day – in HMS ‘Hawkins’, shore bombardment, Utah Beach. It mattered because all that I do with Maritime Films UK is in grateful memory of him – a kind and generous father and an outstanding naval officer.