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Summary

  1. HMS Queen Elizabeth sails into Portsmouth Harbour
  2. 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since June
  3. It is expected to be the Navy's flagship for the next 50 years
  4. Thousands line the shore at Portsmouth

Live Reporting

By Michael Stoddard, Emily Ford and Stephen Stafford

All times stated are UK

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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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We're going to end our live coverage of today's historic arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.

We leave you with a few videos from earlier today to wrap up the occasion and of course, you can read the full story of the carrier's arrival, too.

The moment HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth
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Crowds welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth to Portsmouth

The moment HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Why doesn't HMS Queen Elizabeth have any planes?

Why doesn't the Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier have any planes?

HMS Queen Elizabeth in numbers

The Royal Navy's new aircraft has arrived in Portsmouth, but how big it?

PM on board HMS Queen Elizabeth

In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth sails in to Portsmouth

More images of the remarkable scenes earlier when the Royal Navy's new £3.1bn aircraft carrier sailed in to Portsmouth for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth is 'symbol of UK' - May

Addressing crew members and contractors on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Theresa May said the carrier was a "true testament to British ship building and design".

Six shipyards across the UK contributed to building various stages of the 65,000 tonne vessel.

Theresa May
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Britain truly has the best sailors, marines and officers in the world. And I believe you deserve the very best equipment and that is what we have with HMS Queen Elizabeth.This ship is the symbol of the United Kingdom as a great global maritime nation. Clearly she is a stunning piece of 21st Century engineering"

Theresa MayPrime Minister

PM tours HMS Queen Elizabeth

Prime Minister Theresa May has been on board the Royal Navy new £3bn aircraft carrier

Pompey turns out to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth

Crowds of people lined the shoreline to watch the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier sailing in to Portsmouth

Thousands of people have watched the Royal Navy's £3bn aircraft carrier arrive

Prime Minister on board HMS Queen Elizabeth

Prime Minister Theresa May has been on board the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, after it arrived in its home port of Portsmouth for the first time.

She met senior Royal Navy figures including First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones and the carrier's commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd.

Theresa May on HMS Queen Elizabeth
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Theresa May on HMS Queen Elizabeth
BBC

Everything you need to know about HMS Queen Elizabeth

Ben Moore has been crunching the figures on the Royal Navy's behemoth.

The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier will arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday

Sunrise over the Solent from HMS Queen Elizabeth

Some shots from on board HMS Queen Elizabeth earlier as the crew prepared for their early-morning arrival in to Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth 'part of global Britain'

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has responded to criticism that HMS Queen Elizabeth currently has no fighter jets on board.

F-35B Lightning fighter jets are due to make their first trial flights from the carrier's deck next year with 120 aircrew currently training in the US.

Harriett Baldwin
BBC

"We do have the jets - we have pilots in the states learning to fly the F35 jets. It's an incredible part of global Britain. We are a trading nation and it gives us the ability to have a carrier at sea at all times to project power around the world, do humanitarian relief and take part in Nato operations."

Harriett BaldwinDefence Minister

Aircraft carrier 'will become celebrity'

Rear Adimral Dr Chris Parry, who spent 35 years in the service, said the new carrier returns the navy to its "proper roots".

He added: "The navy is nothing without a carrier - they are a national symbol and become celebrities in their own right and we've been a long time without one.

"It also shows that British industry can still hack it to provide a ship like this.

"One of the biggest compliments was that when the Americans came on board during recent sea trials they were really impressed."

Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry
BBC

"Our wedding cake was HMS Queen Elizabeth"

Eleanor Kelly has many fond memories of HMS Queen Elizabeth as her husband worked on the ship.

She has come down to welcome the carrier home with her children Iyda and Jack this morning and said it's a very special day for the family.

Eleanor said: "We're a very proud naval family so this is a big day for us and we're very excited to be here. The crowds are amazing and the kids are loving it, it's great."

Carrier
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HMS Queen Elizabeth was "right investment"

Speaking on board HMS Queen Elizabeth as it prepared to sail in to Portsmouth, Captain Jerry Kyd said he is feeling a "huge amount of pride" ahead of the vessel berthing in her home port.

"It sends the right signals to our allies and indeed potentially to our enemies that we mean business. The armed forces are fundamentally an insurance policy for the country and you can't just, at the flick of a switch, decide that you need these capabilities.

"You have to buy them, work them up, train them, integrate them with the rest of defence so they're ready to be called upon when required.

"You can't just buy it off the shelf. Yes, it costs money, but it is all about having the right investment and having the right equipment for the hundreds, if not thousands of young men and women that go to war on behalf of the nation."

Jerry Kyd
PA

Cockpit view of HMS Queen Elizabeth helicopter flypast

Ferry services held up by carrier arrival

The Isle of Wight ferry is dwarfed by the 65,000 tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Harbour

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All F35 pilots 'excited to get on board'

Wing Commander Jim Beck will pilot an F35 jet once they join the ship towards the end of next year.

He said he "can't wait to get on there" and all F35 pilots are "excited" by the prospect.

The pilot, who said he has been in every combat zone in the past 15 years, said the new jets will make a big difference.

"I flew a Tornado on night one in the second Gulf War, about a minute ahead of shock and awe to make a hole for the weapons to go in.

"I would now have been been able to go in completely undetectable."

Wing commander Jim Beck
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Ship 'has a lot of ladders'

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

Caroline and Geoffrey Robinson, from Fair Oak in Eastleigh, are waiting for their son Joshua, 24, who is an avionics killick.

His job will be to catch the planes as they land on the flight deck - when they arrive that is...

His thoughts on the ship are it's "massive with a lot of ladders", so his mum says!

Caroline and Geoffrey Robinson wait for their son
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Caroline and Geoffrey Robinson wait for their son

Feeding HMS Queen Elizabeth

Feeding the crew of Britain's biggest warship is quite a task - 45 days worth of food are kept in the ship's stores.

The entire ship's company of 700 can be served a meal within 90 minutes - or 45 minutes when at action station.

There are more than 60 catering staff on board and the ship has its own bakery, which can produce 1,000 loaves of bread per day.

A typical deployment would sail with 66,000 sausages, 28,800 rashers of bacon, 64,800 eggs and 12,000 tins of beans.

Galley
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Galley
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Galley
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What Portsmouth looks like from the carrier

Cannon, anchors and skull found

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

More than 20,000 items were discovered during dredging work in Portsmouth Harbour to create a four-mile (7km) channel to allow HMS Queen Elizabeth to dock.

Thousands of items are found during dredging work in Portsmouth Harbour

The flat with the best view

On the other side of Portsmouth Harbour, a modest flat gives the best view of the new aircraft carrier.

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In Pictures: HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

More images of HMS Queen Elizabeth passing Solent landmarks as it sails in to its home port of Portsmouth for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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'Seminal moment' for Royal Navy

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones is addressing the gathered media in Portsmouth.

He said it was a "seminal moment of the history of the Royal Navy".

He added: "This dockyard has seen many great events.

"Today, a new era of British maritime power is beginning."

But he also warned it would take "time and patience" to get HMS Queen Elizabeth ready for action.

First Sea Lord Philip Jones Admiral Sir Philip Jones
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Meet the people on board

Meet some of the people whose lives are intertwined with navy's future flagship.

More reaction to the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth for the first time

See the vessel in her new berth

This is where HMS Queen Elizabeth will call home for the next 50 years.

HMS Queen Elizabeth berths in Portsmouth for first time

Tears as Queen Elizabeth comes home

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

With Land of Hope and Glory playing out in the background, the Royal Navy's new flagship is an imposing sight.

The sheer size of HMS Queen Elizabeth makes the hundreds of people on the dockside look like ants.

There were a few tears as family and friends of the crew, who have been waiting patiently since early morning, welcomed the new aircraft carrier home.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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'Once in a lifetime'

Emily Ford

BBC South

Friends Malcolm Dixon and Ian Newton said the atmosephere as HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived was "electric" and they were blown away as it sailed past.

Malcolm said: "It's just been incredible to be here today, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Ian added: "It was electric, definitely worth getting up early for. My Uncle was in the navy so this has made me think of him and how much he would have loved it too."

Carrier
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Helicopter flypast for HMS Queen Elizabeth

A Wildcat helicopter hovers overhead as HMS Queen Elizabeth made her final approach to the dockside in Portsmouth Harbour.

Helicopter over aircraft carrier
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BreakingAircraft carrier docks

The Royal Navy's new £3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has docked at her home port of Portsmouth.

Carrier arrives at Portsmouth base

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

The carrier is now pulling alongside the berth it will call home.

As we reported earlier, that jetty has been in use since the 1600s.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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Who's the VIP?

The red carpet has been rolled out for someone...

Red carpet
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Aerial video of HMS Queen Elizabeth entering Portsmouth

Here's the footage from the BBC News helicopter high above Portsmouth Harbour as HMS Queen Elizabeth enters her home port for the first time.

The moment HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Don't expect ship's chef to be cooking roast dinners...

Michael Stoddard

BBC South

Family and friends of the vast crew are also waiting at the dockyard, although their loved ones won't be leaving the ship today.

Leading chef James Lloyd, 28, has been feeding his comrades onboard for more than a year.

His mother Jane and his girlfriend Claire Harris, all from Hertford in Hertfordshire, said they cannot wait to see him.

She has warned any new sailors not to expect too many roast dinners as he's not a fan apparently!

Proud mother and father Jane and Richard Lloyd wait with their son's girlfriend Claire Harris
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Proud mother and father Jane and Richard Lloyd wait with their son's girlfriend Claire Harris

In Pictures: On board HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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Final checks are made ahead of for its maiden voyage, in its dock at Rosyth in June.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Queen Elizabeth
A game of bucketball on the deck on a Saturday afternoon
Helicopter crew
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Crew on board HMS Queen Elizabeth took part in sea trials off Scotland
Fire fighting foam
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Tests of fire fighting foam on the flight deck

More images reveal life on board.

New home in use since 1600s

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s home berth, Sheer Jetty, has been in use since the 1600s

The carrier will sit opposite HMS Victory, the world’s oldest commissioned warship.

New navigational beacons have been installed in Portsmouth Harbour to guide the Queen Elizabeth Class in and out of their home port and specialist dredging vessels have removed 3,200,000 cubic metres of sediment - the equivalent to 1,280 Olympic swimming pools.

Dredging work
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View from on board HMS Queen Elizabeth

Here's the view from the flight deck at the 65,000 carrier approaches Portsmouth

The view from on board HMS Queen Elizabeth