Sir Donald Gosling

According to the London Gazette, Sir Donald Gosling has been appointed Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom. This is an honorific position subordinate to the Lord High Admiral, an office held by the Queen until last year when she transferred it to the Duke of Edinburgh on his 90th birthday as a token of her appreciation.

London Gazette said:
15th May 2012

Honorary Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO RNR to be Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom from 2nd April 2012.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first occasion a Reservist (and an Honorary one at that) has held this office. This reflects the huge support Sir Donald has given to the Royal Navy and naval charities throughout his life.


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His private yacht, the Leander, is regularly refitted and maintained by Guzz dockyard. Used to see it quite often down by the frigate sheds.


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He paid for Lancaster's First Commissioning in 92 in Guzz.
Normal pusser's coffers didn't run to closing off all of Weston Mill, catering for Royalty and around 1500 guests, gert big tented area, security etc.
We met up with him on is yacht Leander in Barbados a couple of years later - great bloke.