In January 2007, the Trust's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal visited Port Lockroy as part of an official visit to the Antarctic arranged by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Polar Regions Unit. The Princess travelled on the Royal Navy's ice patrol vessel HMS Endurance which was assisting the Trust and the British Antarctic Survey in making a conservation survey a number of historic British sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Royal visit took place on the eve of International Polar Year (2007-08) - 50 years on from International Geophysical Year (1957-58) when, her father, the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Princess was accompanied by the Trust's Chairman Philippa Foster Back who was making her first visit to the Peninsula. Philippa has visited the Ross Sea Huts, where her grandfather Frank Debenham was a member of Captain Scott's last expedition. Debenham went on to found the Scott Polar Research Institute.
See the pdf file of our booklet on Britain's Antarctic heritage. Copies are available from the Trust