Picture special: Welcome fit for a Queen as £3bn aircraft carrier comes home

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Tens of thousands of people have lined the walls of Portsmouth Harbour to welcome the UK's £3 billion aircraft carrier which has berthed at its home port for the first time.

It was truly an incredible sight.

Pictures: Andrew Matthews, Steve Parsons, Victoria Jones, Gareth Fuller, Jonathan Brady/ Press Association; LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Royal Navy/PA Wire; Ian Simpson/Royal Navy/PA Wire; Nicky Harper/Royal Navy/PA Wire.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, sails past the Spinnaker Tower as she arrives in Portsmouth this morning. Picture: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Royal Navy/PA Wire

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, sails past the Spinnaker Tower as she arrives in Portsmouth this morning. Picture: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Royal Navy/PA Wire

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