Queen Elizabeth commissions aircraft carrier with her name

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s biggest warship ever joins the Royal Navy fleet in Portsmouth

Warship sails along the Firth of Forth.

A NEW £3.1 billion aircraft carrier has been hailed as the "best of British" as it was officially given a royal seal of approval by Her Majesty.

At 280 metres long and with an estimated half a century working life, the behemoth warship is the biggest and most powerful ever built by the UK.

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After boarding the £3.1bn carrier using a specially-installed lift she gave a speech in front of 3700 guests describing it as "the best of British innovation".

"She will in the years and decades ahead represent the country's resolve on the global stage", she said.

It might not be quite the size of HMS Queen Elizabeth, but this eight-foot replica of the 65,000-tonne carrier is still an extremely impressive piece of construction.

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David Duncan, founder and lead designer of 3D Cakes, said: 'It's been an honour for us to create a cake for the Queen's commissioning ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

'We love a challenge at 3D Cakes, so when we were given the brief to create the 8ft replica ship we knew that it would be hard but also something that we would never forget.

Following Royal Navy tradition, it was cut by the captain's wife and the youngest member of the ship's company.

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The ceremony was organised to commission the carrier into the fleet, but the Aircraft Carrier Alliance confirmed the Royal Navy had formally accepted the ship on Thursday. I've been in the Royal Navy 28 years and I genuinely believe this is the best commissioning cake I've ever seen.

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