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Duchess of Cornwall christens HMS Prince of Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, or more commonly known as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when not in Scotland, have had a busy week of engagements in Scotland.

Probably, one of their highlights of their trip was the Duchess of Cornwall being able to christen the newest aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy named after her husband.

As Patron of the ship, Camilla had the honour of smashing a bottle of malt whisky

The ceremony that took place at Rosyth shipyard in Scotland was named HMS Prince of Wales, the original sunk during the Second World War.

Dressed in full Royal Navy uniform, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by naval officers, senior politicians and veterans.

The ship is not ready to launch quite yet, the 65,000-tonne, 280-metre aircraft will be ready in 2019.  The HMS Prince of Wales is said to be “more efficient” than it’s sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth which set sail earlier this summer.

The Prince of Wales has been constructed by 800 companies and over 10,000 people.

 

Former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster Stephen Moorhouse was announced earlier this week as the first seagoing captain of HMS Prince of Wales.

Moorhouse said: “Seeing our sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth make her debut in Portsmouth last month was an amazing sight and I look forward to one day bringing HMS Prince of Wales home to the same warm welcome.

“Until then the ship’s company in Rosyth will continue to grow and they have much to be proud of in all the work they have done so far, working with our civilian industry partners to bring this ship to life.”

He will take over from Captain Ian Groom, who is the Senior Naval Officer while the aircraft carrier is being built.

 

 

 

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