Sweden's Prince Carl Philip presented prizes to the winners of the Volvo Ocean Race at the weekend.
The royal travelled to Galway, Ireland to present winning team Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, with the trophy, after they claimed the overall round-the-world title.
The Volvo Ocean Race Galway Finale has reportedly broken all attendance records for a sporting event in Ireland with organisers describing the race finale and the festival around it as "stunning", "dramatic" and "unforgettable
Jon Bramley of the Volvo Ocean Race told the Galway Independent newspaper: "It has been a truly memorable week in Galway. We were stunned by the passion and enthusiasm for the people of Galway and Ireland for our race and the fact that so many stayed in the rain until 05.30 in the morning on Tuesday (03.07.12) to see all the boats come in said it all.
"We thought that 2009 would take some beating after Galway gave us such a welcome but I believe that we exceeded even that reception this time round. It seems that the Volvo Ocean Race and this wonderful, historic city and its people have a very special relationship."
John Killeen, President of Let's Do It Global, said the event had been a "phenomenal success", adding: "This has been a great week in Galway's history and we hope that it has shown the city just how significant an impact you can make in the world by daring to take on the challenge of organising such a huge global event and succeeding.
"The effort and the commitment of the small team of people who seized the opportunity to put Galway on the global stage and the hard work of the 1,500 volunteers who made it all possible has been one of the most inspiring things to have happened in our city for many years. We are very proud of those who helped us achieve such a stunning success."