Her Majesty The Queen spent the day onboard HMS Sutherland which is paying a routine visit to London during which she will celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ship’s Commissioning.
The Queen was received onboard the Type 23 Frigate by her Commanding Officer Commander Andrew Canale MVO and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC. In addition, Sir Donald Gosling, the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, the Commander of the Devonport Flotilla, the Naval Regional Commander for Eastern England and several of the Ship’s previous Commanding Officers, were also present to greet The Monarch.
During the Royal Visit members of the Ship’s company and their families were also introduced to the Queen and serve Luncheon in HMS Sutherland’s Hangar.
The Ship has also recently completed a six-week operational work up in preparation for a deployment next year and tasked as one of the first Royal Navy escorts for the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth on her sailing from Rosyth for the first time.
HMS Sutherland has spent much of the past twelve months conducting national tasking as Fleet Ready Escort and Towed Array Patrol Ship, a task requiring her to be at very high readiness for operational tasking around the UK. She has been responsible for escorting a number of Russian warships as they transited past UK territorial waters, including two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, Soobrazitelny and Boiky - the newest class in the Russian Navy. .
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"..'Ello! Got any nuts?"... How brilliant is this shot of a very cocky squirrel taken in very autumnal looking St James's Park, London by @lensereflection. Cheeky sausage! Always after a slap-up feast whenever possible... the little buggers are going nuts on my lawn at the moment, trying to store every conker they can find before the Winter arrives.
Now these squirrels that we see across Britain are not natives. They arrived from North America after being first released in the UK in 1876 in Henbury Park, Cheshire. It’s not clear why they were introduced and the Victorians had no idea of the risks of introducing non-native species. Some say the pair of greys released were a Victorian wedding gift that escaped...whatever the reason, they spread like wildfire. It was an American invasion! Today, there are approx 66 greys to every one red. Plus they brought a pox that killed the native reds. But things are changing up 't north where I am... pockets of Red Squirrels (caps for awesomeness) are making a comeback in the @lake.district and parts of Merseyside. Big Beatles fans you see.
The history of this park in London is fascinating. In 1532, Henry VIII (boo, hiss!) bought an area of marshland through which the Tyburn flowed from Eton College. It lies to the west of York Palace acquired by Henry from Cardinal Wolsey; it was purchased in order to turn York Palace, subsequently renamed Whitehall, into a dwelling fit for a king. On James I's accession to the throne in 1603, he ordered that the park be drained and landscaped, and exotic animals were kept in the park, including camels, crocodiles, an elephant and exotic birds were kept in aviaries. Poor animals having to adapt to our rather chilly English weather!
Hopefully Monday wasn't so horrific for those that have battled through it - and for those in California whose day has just begun, may I suggest heading to the Blimey! blog - see my profile for the link - where you can listen to the soothing tones of Matthew MacFadyen reciting some lovely poems A perfect tonic to lift the Monday blues! Brilliant shot by @lensereflection 🇬🇧