Best pictures as HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to Portsmouth

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned home to Portsmouth after weeks of historic flight trials in the US.

The Royal Navy carrier sailed back into Portsmouth Harbour earlier this afternoon, docking at Portsmouth naval base shortly after 2pm.

Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

To see our full picture gallery of the carrier’s arrival click on the link at the top of the article.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has been carrying out flight trials of the F-35 lightening fighter jets, where bombs were dropped from them, off the east coast of the USA.

READ MORE: 9 landmark moments from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight trials

Families of the sailors were among those to gather at the naval base this afternoon to welcome home their loved ones ahead of Christmas.

More work will now be carried out on the carrier before she enters active service in 2021.

READ MORE: Here’s what will happen after HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to Portsmouth