HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘sets sail’

The Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers have been regular visitors to our Greenwich Reach, squeezing through the Thames Barrier with great panache! But no longer, as the new, giant HMS Queen Elizabeth sails outward bound for her sea trials. She can forget the Thames – I doubt whether she would fit under Her Majesty’s bridge at Dartford!! Let alone squeeze through the Barrier.

I note in this ‘Times’ photo that she flies the blue ensign prior to her commissioning the same as our visitor. The RFA ‘Argus’ is still at her Greenwich moorings, the Admiralty Police launch ‘Excalibur’ is on constant patrol by day and by night. I wonder if she will be given a piggy back on her return to Portsmouth?

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Peter Kent shares his Thames riverside studio viewpoint

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