The sight of sailors undertaking public duties in our capital city is a sign that the Royal Navy is back where it belongs, at the very heart of national life.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones

The most Senior Officer in the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, ADC also sent best wishes for the occasion.

“It is fitting that the Royal Navy has been granted the honour of mounting the Queen’s Guard to coincide with the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth. As an island nation, the Royal Navy has always been an expression of our national character. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be our flagship on the world stage for the next half century. She is proof that Britain has the ambition and skill to thrive in this era of global opportunity.

“The sight of sailors undertaking public duties in our capital city is a sign that the Royal Navy is back where it belongs, at the very heart of national life. These young men and women are some of the finest ambassadors we could wish for and I know they will make the Navy and the Nation proud”.