Today at a ceremony in Rosyth Scotland, the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy was names by The Queen.
West Fife Schools Pipe Band started off the procession ahead of the Queen’s official naming of the new aircraft carrier.
The company of HMS Illustrious lined the decks as the procession passed the two ships, side by side.
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and minister of Portsmouth, Michael Fallon, joined members of the British and Scottish governments, including first minister Alex Salmond. Celebrations are being held in Portsmouth as well as in Rosyth.
First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas said the ship was “fit for a Queen”.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be a national instrument of power and a national symbol of authority,” he said in a speech.
“That means she will be a national icon too, all the while keeping the great in Great Britain and the royal in Royal Navy.”
Addressing the audience, the Queen said the “innovative and first class” warship, the largest ever to be built in the UK, ushered in an “exciting new era”.
“In sponsoring this new aircraft carrier, I believe the Queen Elizabeth will be a source of inspiration and pride for us all,” she said.
Naming the ship with a bottle of BOWMORE malt whisky rather than champagne has a certain irony about it. The selection of a Japanese owned distiller suggests whoever selected this brand has a lack of knowledge or made a warped point in not selecting a Scottish owned brand. The distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd, a holding company owned by Japanese drinks company Suntory.
“May God bless her and all who sail in her.”