It was a royal occasion at one of the world’s most famous regattas.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent the day enjoying the action at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014.

Prince Philip took time to visit a photography exhibition called Royalty at Cowes at marine photography specialists Beken of Cowes before meeting representatives from event sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management and ambassadors from the UKSA sailing charity, which gives youngsters sailing opportunities.

A large crowd gathered outside the shop to catch a glimpse of the Duke, while there were cheers and applause when he emerged from the exhibition.

Kenneth Beken, owner of Beken of Cowes, said the Duke of Edinburgh was impressed with the display.

He told the Daily Echo: “It was brilliant. He was very interested and he has good knowledge of sailing and photography.

“He has never been here before so it was great to see him here.”

UKSA ambassador Chris Chapman was also lucky enough to meet the Duke of Edinburgh.

He said: “He was really nice and interested in what we had to say.

“This is my third time at Cowes Week and I really enjoy it.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school but UKSA put me up and gave me qualifications.

“They have given me so much experience.”

Also meeting UKSA members was the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton, who took part in a day of racing on Sunday.

Pippa, 30, joined sailors from UKSA, on the water and even took the helm of a yacht for a while UKSA focuses on three key areas: youth development, schools and groups and professional training and says it can give youngsters the inspiration to fulfil their potential whether they are new to the water, a maritime professional, or anything in between.

It is the official charity of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

Thousands of visitors were in high spirits as they enjoyed the attractions and entertainment on offer under glorious sunshine on the third day of the regatta.

Those with strong stomachs enjoyed impressive views of Cowes by climbing up a mast aboard the Gipsy Moth IV boat.

Craig Tyrrell Jones, from Sandown, faced his fears by climbing the mast.

He said: “It was brilliant. I have got a fear of heights but this was a challenge for me and I won’t let it beat me.

“When I got to the top and saw the view, I thought to myself ‘wow’.