Members of public speak to HMS Prince of Wales sailors on board 290220 CREDIT BFBS
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Public Visit HMS Prince Of Wales In Liverpool

It is the first time either Queen Elizabeth-class carrier has been open to visitors.

Members of public speak to HMS Prince of Wales sailors on board 290220 CREDIT BFBS

Members of the public have been on board the Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales for the very first time.

The public began embarking on the £3.1 billion vessel at 10am on Saturday and it will also remain open on Sunday.

Visitors have been taken inside the aircraft hangar and have had the chance to chat to serving personnel, as well as take a look at some of the weapons and kit used.

The event is the first time either Queen Elizabeth-class carrier has been open to visitors.

Thousands of people are expected to visit HMS Prince of Wales over the weekend. 

WATCH: Members of the public speak to Forces News about their visit to HMS Prince of Wales.

The ship, which is affiliated with the cities of Liverpool and Bristol, docked at Liverpool Cruise Terminal on Friday afternoon where it is expected to stay for a week.

Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Houston, said he was "deeply humbled" by the "incredibly warm welcome" his ship received when sailing into the city.

"The tremendous support displayed by Liverpool demonstrates the remarkable depth of feeling that people have for the ship and the Royal Navy," he said.

HMS Prince of Wales only commissioned into the Royal Navy in December.

Alongside sister-ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, she is the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy. 

She weighs 65,000 tonnes and her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches.