By Bad Seed
The Royal Manor of Portland gave a hearty welcome to Her Majesty and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on 11 June 2009.
They looked around the impressive new Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy at Osprey Quay, Portland - the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games sailing events. Beautiful sunshine, and cheered on by hundreds of flag-waving local school children. They chatted to past and aspiring Olympian sailors, at the " finest sailing waters in the world".
At the brand new Portland Marina, the royal couple then boarded a luxurious Sunseeker Predator motor yacht and set sail across Portland Harbour for Weymouth. Appropriately - the famous Sunseeker -as featured in 4 James Bond movies - is actually built at here Portland, and at Poole, Dorset.
Exactly 65 years before, from this shore of Portland Harbour, and in grim contrast to this world-class leisure and recreational development, nearly 1/2 million Allied troops embarked for the D-Day landings in France,