First Sea Lord pays tribute to the Queen in a social media video saying she was a ‘lifelong friend of the Royal Navy’


First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key paid tribute to Her Majesty on Sunday morning on the Royal Navy Twitter account.

Following the Queen’s death at Balmoral on Thursday, he said today he was ‘deeply saddened’ and recalls memories of the Queen’s stoicism both at sea and when launching the battleship HMS Vanguard in 1944 and the first Navy nuclear submarine on Trafalgar Day. in 1960.

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Speaking on video for the first time after the Queen’s death, here’s what the first Sea Lord had to say.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Her Majesty has embodied a lifetime of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.

“Throughout her career she has had a natural affinity with her armed forces and deep family ties to the Royal Navy.

First lord of the seas. Source: Twitter

“Service, dedication and respect were the watchwords that guided his life.

“On her 21st birthday in 1947 as Princess Elizabeth, she addressed the country and said that her whole life, long or short, would be dedicated to the service of her people.

“Through her own family ties, as well as her role in Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, she had a special affinity with the women and men of her armed forces.

“She was extremely proud of Prince Philip’s outstanding achievements in the Royal Navy, including command of HMS Magpie.

“It was a particular source of pride for her to be able to bestow the office and title of Lord High Admiral on His Royal Highness to mark her years of dedicated support on her 90th birthday in 2011.

“As the daughter, wife and mother of naval officers, Her Majesty has played a central role in the life of the Royal Navy.

“Having launched the battleship HMS Vanguard in 1944, she will launch the Royal Navy’s first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, on Trafalgar Day in 1960.

‘ Most recently, the aircraft carrier that bears his name in July 2017.

“Her Majesty spent long periods at sea with her Navy, from the Royal Tour of South Africa in 1947 on the battleship HMS Vanguard to her many happy times aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.”

He added: ‘Evident from the photos posted after every visit, whether on a ship, submarine, carrier air squadron or commanding officer unit, she was always interested in what the young men and women in uniform had to say.

“She was interested in the experiences of their families and she worked closely with the officials who supported us in our efforts as we served around the world.

“Her pride and support for her armed forces has made her a lifelong friend of the Royal Navy.

‘His Majesty will be missed by us all. God save the King.’


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