The Queen to visit HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth

The Queen at Gunwharf Quays during her visit to Portsmouth in 2011
The Queen at Gunwharf Quays during her visit to Portsmouth in 2011
HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, as the ship arrives in Portsmouth Picture: POPHOT Ian Simpson/Royal Navy/PA Wire

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THE Queen will visit Portsmouth next month to see one of the Royal Navy’s finest vessels.

Her Majesty will visit HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate which has been part of the Portsmouth fleet since 1992.

The royal visit will take place on May 20.

A spokesman for the royal press office said there were no further details yet about the visit, but it was understood the Queen would be only be visiting the ship.

The Queen is the ship’s sponsor as the Duke of Lancaster and takes a keen interest in her deeds around the globe.

Commander Peter Laughton, Commanding Officer of HMS Lancaster: said: ‘We are honoured to be hosting a visit from our Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty The Queen, who launched the ship in 1990. It provides us with an excellent opportunity to update Her Majesty on HMS Lancaster’s recent activities including our successful counter-narcotic deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.’

The ship returned to Portsmouth last December following a successful seven-month deployment where she helped to seize drugs worth £160m from smugglers.