Camilla receives guard of honour as she tours 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier

The Duchess of Cornwall chatted to a number of members of the ship’s 700-strong personnel during the visit


The Duchess of Cornwall has been given a tour of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, which was recently appointed as the NATO command ship.

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

She then went on to visit the bridge where the commanding officer, Captain Steve Higham, briefed the duchess on the ship’s Nato role as well as its recent involvement in a major exercise in the Arctic called Cold Response.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla during the visit to HMS Prince of Wales
Camilla during the visit to HMS Prince of Wales

While in the ship’s main control room, Camilla was shown the captain’s seat and jokingly commented that she had not expected the ship’s wheel to be so small.

Also during the visit, the duchess, who is the ship’s sponsor, presented a number of non-service medals for long service and good conduct.

She was also able to chat to a number of members of the ship’s 700-strong personnel before her departure.

Camilla previously visited the carrier with the Prince of Wales for the ship’s official commissioning ceremony in December 2019 and they also both attended its naming ceremony at the Rosyth dockyard in September 2017.

It comes after a royal author told GB News' Dan Wootton Tonight that Camilla will become Queen’s consort whether the public "like it or loathe it".

Camilla appeared alongside Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales stepped in for Her Majesty at the Queen’s Speech earlier this week.

Dan asked royal expert Robert Jobson whether Camilla and Prince William’s appearance at the speech was about “the monarchy trying to represent the future to the public”.

To which Mr Jobson replied: “I think so, there’s a lot made of it with people saying it was a joint engagement, it wasn’t.

“The Prince of Wales was there representing the Queen, he was in the Queen’s place.

“Camilla will be the Queen’s consort, like it or loathe it, that’s what’s going to happen.

“She’s legally married to the (future) King and I personally like it.

“So she’s there supporting him, William was invited I think to give a sense of continuity of the Crown."