HMS Queen Elizabeth through the years

HMS Queen Elizabeth: 32 stunning pictures of Royal Navy carrier over the years from her construction through to USA deployment

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the future flagship of the Royal Navy and will enter active service in the next decade. 

However she has already been on a number of adventures, from her first arrival in Portsmouth through to her deployment to the east coast of the U.S. for Westlant 18. Here are pictures of the aircraft carrier over the years: 

Workers at Babcock's, Rosyth shipyard, in Scotland, work to assemble the separate pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth together in December 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-279)

5. HMS Queen Elizabeth is assembled

Workers at Babcock's, Rosyth shipyard, in Scotland, work to assemble the separate pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth together in December 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-279)
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Ship builders in Rosyth worked to put together the separate pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth which had been built across the country, including in her future home Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-260)

6. HMS Queen Elizabeth put together piece by piece

Ship builders in Rosyth worked to put together the separate pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth which had been built across the country, including in her future home Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-260)
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Tom Gifford at the front HMS Queen Elizabeth in December 2012 - when the future Royal Navy flagship was starting to take shape. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-409)

7. HMS Queen Elizabeth takes shape

Tom Gifford at the front HMS Queen Elizabeth in December 2012 - when the future Royal Navy flagship was starting to take shape. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123920-409)
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Construction work continues on HMS Queen Elizabeth at the dry dock in Rosyth, Scotland. Picture: Ken Whitcombe

8. HMS Queen Elizabeth's construction continues

Construction work continues on HMS Queen Elizabeth at the dry dock in Rosyth, Scotland. Picture: Ken Whitcombe
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