Royal send-off for HMS Prince of Wales

The Queen Elizabeth-class carrier has deployed to the Mediterranean.

The Duchess of Cornwall has provided HMS Prince of Wales with a royal send-off as the aircraft carrier left Portsmouth en route to deployment in the Mediterranean. 

The Queen Elizabeth-class carrier’s operation comes less than a month after her return from the Arctic, where the crew contributed to the largest exercise in the region for 30 years – Exercise Cold Response 2022.

In 2019, the Duchess attended the commissioning ceremony for the 919ft long vessel, accompanied by her husband, Prince Charles.

After landing on the flight deck of the 65,000-tonne warship at Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday, the Duchess was given a guard of honour.

She then went on to visit the bridge where the commanding officer, Captain Steve Higham, gave a brief on the ship’s NATO role and Cold Response.

A number of non-service medals for long service and good conduct were presented, and the Duchess was also able to chat to a number of members of the ship’s 700-strong personnel before her departure.