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Carrier formally named Prince of Wales today

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The Royal Navy's second aircraft carrier will be formally named after the Prince of Wales today.

Work on the under-construction ship has been halted for the naval tradition which dates back thousands of years and combines a celebration with a solemn blessing.

The naming will be carried out by the Duchess of Cornwall, the ship's sponsor, with a bottle of whisky to be smashed against HMS Prince of Wales at the ceremony in Rosyth Dockyard, Fife, where the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier is being fitted out.

Seeing our sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth make her debut in Portsmouth last month was an amazing sight and I look forward to one day bringing HMS Prince of Wales home to the same warm welcome.

Until then the ship's company in Rosyth will continue to grow and they have much to be proud of in all the work they have done so far, working with our civilian industry partners to bring this ship to life.

– Captain Stephen Moorhouse

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Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff to mark Queen's birthday

A Royal Gun Salute has been fired in Cardiff this afternoon to commemorate The Queen's birthday.

The guns were fired in Cardiff Bay at around midday.

The ceremony took place just outside the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay and was hosted by 160th Infanty Brigade and Headquarters Wales and officers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.

Army Reservists from C Troop 211 Battery, which forms part of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, fired the 21-gun salute using blank ammunition from three 105mm light guns.

Military music was provided by The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh.

The Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Mrs Morfudd Ann Meredith, took the salute, accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Monica Walsh and the head of the Army in Wales, Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE.

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