It’s been a great opportunity for our city to forge permanent bond with one of the greatest engineering undertakings of the UK in modern times.

Lt Alex Chenery

Bristolians like weapon engineer CPOET(WE) Andrew Duchense. “My family have visited ships in Portsmouth, but having a link to my hometown makes this all the more special,” he said.

For ship and city, the event marked the beginning of a 50-year link between the two. To cement that bond initially, the ship will support and assist science and technology events involving Bristol schools and colleges.

And aboard the carrier, the Bristol suite will start to take shape – a series of rooms/compartments which will serve as the diplomatic/ambassadorial quarters when the carrier is flying the flag for UK on deployment.

Lt Alex Chenery, Prince of Wales’ propulsion engineering officer, said: “It’s been a great opportunity for our city to forge permanent bond with one of the greatest engineering undertakings of the UK in modern times.”