HER Majesty arrived in the city on a scheduled train, making her way into Portsmouth Harbour station.
She was brought into the Naval Base by private car and when arriving, the Queen was greeted by Commodore Jeremy Rigby, the Naval Base Commodore, while families and members of the ship’s company watched on.
Cdre Rigby presented, amongst others, Commander Peter Laughton, the commanding officer of HMS Lancaster.
The Queen then moved to a dais, where she stood in front of the ship’s company to receive a Royal Salute, and the National Anthem was played by the Band of the Royal Marines.
Her Majesty then inspected the front row of the Guard of Honour.
Afterwards, she was invited into a marquee on the shoreside, where a reception for the ship’s company and their families was held.
During the reception, the Queen was given the opportunity to hear accounts of life in the ship and meet the families who supported the ship’s company while at sea.
Her Majesty then embarked in HMS Lancaster, and was ‘piped’ on board the ship, which is also known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’.
Once on board, the Queen met members of the crew, attended a private lunch in the hangar, and joined all on board for a group photograph.
When her time on board HMS Lancaster reached an end, she made her way slowly off the ship and was presented with two bunches of flowers.
As she prepared to get back into the car, the ship’s company gave her three cheers.