Tradition to be left behind with Royal Navy carrier’s naming

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THE Royal Navy’s biggest ever ship will be formally named this week - with whisky replacing the more traditional Champagne at the ceremony.

The Queen will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the naming event in Scotland on Friday.

The ceremony will take place at Rosyth in Fife, where the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier has been assembled and fitted out.

She will head off for sea trials in August 2016 and is then due to arrive in Portsmouth, her home port, in 2017.