Queen to visit HMS Lancaster in South Dock

By Beth Allcock on February 27, 2013 1:31 PM |

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The Queen's own warship is paying a week-long visit to Canary Wharf - and her patron will be dropping by to take a tour.

HMS Lancaster will be at South Dock from Saturday and visitors will be able to go on board on Sunday. The Queen will go on board on Tuesday.

The 5,000 tonne, 133m ship - known as the Queen's frigate because the monarch is Duke of Lancaster - will be accessible between 1.30pm and 5.30pm and visitors should ideally be in possession of an Open to Visitors leaflet available from Canary Wharf Tube exit tomorrow (Thursday).

Commanding officer Steve Moorhouse said: "The visit of Her Majesty is a unique opportunity for my ship's company to present Lancaster to the Queen and demonstrate the key role we will play in protecting the nation's interests during our deployment.

"We are in the final stages of our operational work-up before deploying to the Caribbean to conduct counter-narcotic operations and support British overseas territories during the hurricane season."

By Louisa Emery