HMS Albion makers her way into London Thames in ready for London Internations Shipping week 13092021 CREDIT Royal Navy.jpg
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HMS Albion Makes Rare Visit To London

During her visit to the capital, HMS Albion will host a number of London International Shipping Week headline events.

HMS Albion makers her way into London Thames in ready for London Internations Shipping week 13092021 CREDIT Royal Navy.jpg

The UK’s High Readiness Amphibious Assault Ship HMS Albion has made a rare visit to London.

The 18,500-tonne vessel, which is based in Plymouth, is the only Royal Navy capital ship that can make the transit upstream along the Thames.

The landing platform dock (LPD) will be moored off Greenwich as she supports London's International Shipping Week and conducts ceremonial duties at the Tower of London.

HMS Albion took part in the Ceremony of the Constable's Dues at the Tower of London on Monday.

The Ceremony of the Constable's Dues originated in the 14th Century when Richard II decreed any large naval vessel travelling up the River Thames must pay a levy to the Constable of the Tower of London.

Ahead of the event, Captain Simon Kelly, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said: "My team are looking forward to this visit and are very excited about performing the 'Ceremony of the Dues' at the Tower of London.

"As a sailor, marching a keg of wine to the Tower of London to pay our 'Dues' is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – I am thrilled that we have this rare privilege."

Cover image: HMS Albion makes her way into London on the River Thames (Picture: Royal Navy).