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"Welcome Home: A Heartwarming Return from the South Atlantic" As the HMS Endurance gracefully docked in Chatham Naval Base, a sense of relief and joy filled the air

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: HMS Vanguard which took the Royal Family on their tour of South Africa is escorted back

HMS Vanguard which took the Royal Family on their tour of South Africa is escorted back into Porstmouth Harbour by Motor Torpedeo Boats

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: HMS Endurance docking in Chatham Naval Base after returning from the South Atlantic

HMS Endurance docking in Chatham Naval Base after returning from the South Atlantic confilct with Argentina. The ship brought back marines from South Georgia. August 1982

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: red squirrels standing with a welcome back sign

red squirrels standing with a welcome back sign
red squirrels are standing with a welcome back sign Date: 11-06-2018

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: red squirrels standing with a welcome home sign

red squirrels standing with a welcome home sign
red squirrels are standing with a welcome home sign Date: 11-06-2018

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: Welcome Home! HRH the Princess of Wales meeting the Royal Princes on Board HMS Bacchante (engraving)

Welcome Home! HRH the Princess of Wales meeting the Royal Princes on Board HMS Bacchante (engraving)
1614091 Welcome Home! HRH the Princess of Wales meeting the Royal Princes on Board HMS Bacchante (engraving) by Dadd, Frank (1851-1929) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Welcome Home)

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: The return of the prodigal son, illustration from a catechism L

The return of the prodigal son, illustration from a catechism L
REV326579 The return of the prodigal son, illustration from a catechism L Histoire Sainte, published by Charles Delagrave, Paris, late 19th century (colour litho) by French School

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: The Miner, 1935-36 (oil on canvas)

The Miner, 1935-36 (oil on canvas)
BIR189851 The Miner, 1935-36 (oil on canvas) by Sickert, Walter Richard (1860-1942); 127.6x76.8 cm; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; English, out of copyright

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: 'A Welcome Home', the Banquet to the Company of H Ms 'St George'at Portsmouth (litho)

"A Welcome Home", the Banquet to the Company of H Ms "St George"at Portsmouth (litho)
1039377 " A Welcome Home", the Banquet to the Company of H Ms " St George" at Portsmouth (litho) by Paget

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: Welcome Home (engraving)

Welcome Home (engraving)
1099915 Welcome Home (engraving) by Staniland, Charles J. (1838-1916) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Welcome Home)

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: Ships Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Glory July 1953 Crowds gather

Ships Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Glory July 1953 Crowds gather on the quayside to welcome HMS Glory back to Portsmouth after returning from Korean waters

Background imageWelcome Home Collection: Romance as the Cunard White Star Liner Queen Elizabeth completes last

Romance as the Cunard White Star Liner Queen Elizabeth completes last
A kiss is just a kiss. Cunard White Star Liner " Queen Elizabeth" completes last voyage as a war transport docking at Southampton from New York. 6th March 1946


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"Welcome Home: A Heartwarming Return from the South Atlantic" As the HMS Endurance gracefully docked in Chatham Naval Base, a sense of relief and joy filled the air. After an arduous journey in the South Atlantic, this mighty vessel had finally returned to its home shores. Accompanying it was none other than the illustrious HMS Vanguard, which had recently carried the Royal Family on their unforgettable tour of South Africa. Escorted back with great honor, it symbolized a triumphant return for both ship and passengers alike. Amidst all this excitement, a group of adorable red squirrels stood proudly holding up signs that read "Welcome Back" and "Welcome Home. " Their tiny presence added an extra touch of warmth to this already heartening scene. In another remarkable moment captured through time, HRH the Princess of Wales could be seen meeting her beloved royal princes on board HMS Bacchante. The engraving immortalized their touching reunion as they embraced after being apart for what must have felt like an eternity. Drawing inspiration from biblical tales, one illustration depicted "The Return of the Prodigal Son. " This powerful image resonated deeply with those witnessing these joyful homecomings – reminding us all that forgiveness and love can bridge any distance or time spent away. A different form of artistry took shape in "The Miner, " a captivating oil painting from 1935-36. In its somber beauty lay echoes of countless miners returning home after long days spent toiling underground - their arrival met with open arms by loved ones eagerly awaiting them at their doorstep. Meanwhile, a lithograph titled "A Welcome Home" showcased a grand banquet held in honor of H Ms St George at Portsmouth. The atmosphere was undoubtedly festive as proud sailors were celebrated for their dedication and service to king and country upon coming back ashore. Another enchanting engraving simply proclaimed "Welcome Home, " capturing perfectly how these two words can evoke such a profound sense of belonging and comfort.