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Royal arrival no longer tots up for navy

THE birth of a royal baby would, at one time, have sent a buzz of excitement throughout the Royal Navy, as the announcement would be followed by the time-honoured signal: "Splice the mainbrace."

All sailors eligible to receive one daily tot of rum would now be entitled to have two.

For officers, it would be the only occasion when they too were allowed to have an official tot.

I was fortunate to enjoy 'splicers' for the arrival of Princes Andrew and Edward.

But since issuing rum ceased in 1970, it will be interesting to see how the senior service intends, if at all, to "splice the mainbrace".

CDR ROGER PAINE RN

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