WATCH: HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives back in Portsmouth

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived back in Portsmouth this afternoon after undergoing a second period of sea trials.

The 65,000-tonne behemoth had been scheduled to arrive back in the city between 1.20pm and 2pm.

HMS Queen Elizabeth returns back to her home base. Picture: Royal Navy/Ministry of Defence

HMS Queen Elizabeth returns back to her home base. Picture: Royal Navy/Ministry of Defence

The £3.1bn, 280m ship visit first arrived in August – with a rapturous welcome from thousands of people who lined the city’s harbour to wave her and her crew in.

PICTURE GALLERY: HMS Queen Elizabeth sails back into Portsmouth

Queen Elizabeth is due to be formally commissioned into the navy on December 7.

The ceremony will be attended by the Queen, high profile politicians and military top brass.