Britain's Prince of Wales has congratulated staff at the new Mary Rose Museum.

The future King of England was one of the divers who explored the ship when it sat on the Solent seabed more than 30 years ago and has sent a letter of gratitude to those at the project for showing it to the public.

In a letter, Charles says: "As patron of the Mary Rose Trust, I send my warmest congratulations and gratitude to all those who have put so much hard work into achieving this splendid exhibition, on the occasion of the new Mary Rose Museum's opening.

"This is a most exciting time in the Trust's long history. At long last this extraordinary collection of objects from King Henry VIII's flagship can be seen in its full glory.

"I am sure visitors to the Museum will be delighted and intrigued by this incredible insight into life at it was 500 years ago."

The £27 museum - located where the ship was built in 1510, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - will open tomorrow (31.05.13) and display the wreck of the ship, along with all the artefacts found in the ruins, for the first time since they were plucked from the ocean in 1971.

The boat sunk nearly 500 years ago in sight of Henry VIII during a battle with the French on July 19 1545.

Chief executive John Lippiett said: "The new Mary Rose Museum marks a new and exciting chapter in the history of The Mary Rose, providing an astonishing resource for the world to learn about the Tudors and a centre of excellence for maritime archaeology and conservation.

"The museum is testament to all those who have worked so hard on this remarkable 42-year project to locate, salvage and conserve the ship and her contents."