Prince Harry enjoyed his first event as Captain General of the Royal Marines on Saturday, attending the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The festival showcases The Royal Marines Band Service and raises funds for The Royal Marines Charity, which provides Royal Marines with services aimed at enhancing their quality of life.
The show was directed, produced and performed by Royal Marines military musicians. Lieutenant Colonel Jon Ridley, The Royal Marines Principal Director of Music, said the event was a big moment for the group. “I am immensely proud to be performing alongside the outstanding men and women of the Royal Marines Band Service. They are, in my opinion, the best military musicians in the world and I believe the thousands of people who have enjoyed the Mountbatten Festival of Music, both here at the Royal Albert Hall and via our live stream, will agree.”
He added that: “As their Principal Director of Music. it falls to me to lead an organisation with a world-class reputation and I truly believe that the Mountbatten Festival of Music, now in its 46th year, has surpassed all expectations.”
Prince Harry took over the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines from his grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh in December 2017. Prince Philip held the role for 64 years.