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Thousands welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth into her Portsmouth home

Tens of thousands of people travelled to Portsmouth to welcome home HMS Queen Elizabeth, the navy's newest and biggest aircraft carrier. Many came from across the country, with some arriving in the early hours to get the best spot to see the ship's historic journey into the city. Here's our report from Mary Stanley

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Prime Minister: 'A proud moment for Portsmouth, for the Royal Navy and for the United Kingdom"

As Britain's newest and largest ever warship sails into what will be its home for the next 50 years, the Prime Minister was there to welcome the carrier into Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is "Britain’s statement to the world"

"Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth to her home for the very first time. She is Britain’s statement to the world: a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role.

"The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud as our future flagship enters Portsmouth. She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain‘s carrier strike ability.

"When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid."

– Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon
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