The charity, of which The Princess Royal is Patron, is the strategic partner charity of the Royal Navy and exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life.

The visit included one-to-one conversations with members of staff across the organisation’s various departments and charities.

Upon arrival The Princess was greeted by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL (RNRMC President), Commodore Annette Picton RN (Vice Chairman) and Robert Robson (Chief Executive).

Commenting on the achievements of the Group, The Princess reiterated her comments from the 2015 Impact Report: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity sets a benchmark of ambition for a family of charities that have a shared vision of support for our serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.”

“The work of the charity makes a real and significant difference and, as Patron, I encourage all who have an interest in the Naval Service to provide whatever help you can to ensure our continued success."

Robert Robson said: “It is a privilege to have our Patron with us on Whale Island. It means a great deal to all of us in the Group, who work tirelessly to deliver an efficient and effective charity that puts our beneficiaries at the heart of what we do. I’m pleased that Her Royal Highness was able to meet and celebrate the efforts of these individuals first-hand.”

The Princess also spoke with representatives from the RNRMC’s Group of charities including The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund team, led by CEO Jonathan Ball. The charity recently celebrated a successful year of fundraising during the Royal Marines 350th anniversary in 2014 and increased its output to the Royal Marines’ by 10 per cent.

Other members of the RNRMC Group able to update The Princess Royal included Commander Mike Goldthorpe, Director of the Royal Navy Officers’ Charity and Mr Gareth Hughes, Director of Operations at the Naval Service Sports Charity.