|Object Title: Tea Set
Object Number: 2015.11.1-33
A tribute to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
This fancy teapot is part of a 33 piece tea set purchased and sent to South Georgia in preparation for the anticipated visit of HRH Duke of Edinburgh, the first royal visit to the island. After a trip to Australia to open the Olympic games, Prince Philip set out on a tour of the Antarctic in 1957 on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The tour visited several British stations in the South Shetland Islands and Graham Land which were then part of the Falkland Island Dependencies. Travelling back from the Antarctic circle, the tour arrived in South Georgia on 12 January 1957. The new RRS John Biscoe carried HRH Duke of Edinburgh for part of the journey with HMS Protector providing an escort.
The RRS John Biscoe was built for the Falkland Island Dependencies Survey (FIDS). Originally set up to provide an active presence in the Antarctic, FIDS was extended to four research stations to focus on polar science. From 1962 it was known as the British Antarctic Survey. The ship was designed to operate as a cargo vessel to supply these Antarctic research stations but also provided support to marine surveys. The RRS John Biscoe was only launched in 1956 and so the tour formed part of her maiden voyage.