Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Queen to smash whisky on UK's biggest warship

04 July 2014, 08:13

London - Queen Elizabeth II is to smash a bottle of whisky over the British navy's biggest ever ship at its naming ceremony in Scotland on Friday.

The queen's namesake aircraft carrier will be called HMS Queen Elizabeth - and because the ceremony is taking place in Scotland, whisky will be used in the traditional naming ceremony rather than the usual champagne.

Edinburgh Castle was lit up with blue light in celebration of the event, which is of symbolic importance as Scotland prepares to vote on whether to become independent from Britain in a September referendum.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the HMS Queen Elizabeth showcased the best of Britain.

"This ship, the biggest the Royal Navy has ever had, is a demonstration of the UK at its very best with workers from across the Union contributing," he said ahead of the event.

The previous generation of aircraft carriers will be represented by the HMS Illustrious, which has docked in Rosyth port for the ceremony and is dwarfed by the new ship, which is three times its size.

A second aircraft carrier, the HMS Prince of Wales, is also due to be built as part of the project, estimated to cost $10.6bn.

Whisky from the Bowmore Distillery, which has produced the drink on the island of Islay since 1779, was chosen to for the ceremony because the queen previously paid an official visit to the distillery.

"As someone who grew up on Islay I know how much it will mean to the community to have their whisky playing a central role in such an important occasion," said Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.

"World class whisky and world class shipbuilding are two of Scotland's finest products so Friday promises to be a special day when we blend the two of them."

The 65 000 ton ship must still be fitted out, and is expected to enter active service in 2017.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...