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Photos: UK, US Aircraft Carriers Run Joint Drills in Gulf of Aden on Queen Elizabeth’s First Mission

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The largest warship the United Kingdom has ever sailed, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, is intended to cement the declining colonial power’s place in 21st century geopolitics and signal that London is a reliable partner for the United States, even as the UK has pulled out of other agreements, such as the European Union.

The British Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has linked up with a US aircraft carrier and amphibious assault ship for joint drills in the Gulf of Aden as the UK flagship continues its maiden patrol toward the South China Sea.

The British aircraft carrier, and its Dutch Royal Navy escort, the frigate Eversten, met up with the Ronald Reagan carrier strike group in the western Arabian Sea on Monday for a “large scale joint interoperability exercise,” according to a Pentagon news release.

Also sailing in the joint task force were a Duke-class frigate, two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, and the Wasp-class landing helicopter dock USS Iwo Jima, itself a form of aircraft carrier, albeit also armed with thousands of US Marines and their amphibious assault equipment.

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth ( R 08), front, and aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) operate in formation in the Gulf of Aden, July 12.

Together, the force could put nearly 150 aircraft into the air, many of them variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Some of the jets on the Queen Elizabeth are piloted by US Marines, which deployed with the warship on its first patrol, so that the warship will have a full complement of aircraft. London has only received a handful of the 48 F-35Bs that it has ordered.

According to the Pentagon release, the joint strike force’s “combined, bilateral surface, air and sub-surface exercise … focused on the full spectrum of maritime warfare operations, practicing anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics and procedures.”

The drills are being carried out close to several important regions, including Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is locked in a six-year-long war with the Shiite Ansarullah movement; Somalia, where the US has been fighting the terrorist group al-Shabaab; and Ethiopia, where Washington has recently said the struggle by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” It’s also not far from Iran or Afghanistan, the latter of which First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin noted in May the Queen Elizabeth’s aircraft could bomb if necessary.

The Queen Elizabeth is on its way to the Pacific Ocean, where it will be “flying the flag for Global Britain – projecting our influence, signalling our power, engaging with our friends, and reaffirming our commitment to addressing the security challenges of today and tomorrow,” as British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace described the deployment in April.

Based in Yokosuka, Japan, the Reagan is also typically confined to Pacific waters, but has come westward to provide additional cover for US troops amid the final withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is expected to be complete next month.

Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet, attached to the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, to launch from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations in the Arabian Sea, July 8.

With its signature dual command islands, the Queen Elizabeth isn’t quite the size of the massive Nimitz-class warship it was sailing alongside, but is still considered one of the most formidable warships afloat and significantly larger than any carrier previously used by the British Royal Navy.

“The aircraft carrier is the ultimate expression of global maritime power,” UK Royal Navy Commodore Steve Moorhouse, commander of the carrier’s strike group, said in the news release. “Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan, and Iwo Jima symbolize the might of the US and UK partnership, and the ease with which our naval and air forces can combine here in the Gulf of Aden, or anywhere else in the world.”

However, heading to the Pacific, the Queen Elizabeth will soon be in the waters of a dangerous adversary: China’s People’s Liberation Army, which has long worked to perfect an arsenal of ultra-long-range anti-ship missiles and hypersonic weapons capable of overwhelming the carrier’s – or indeed, any warship’s – defenses and delivering a knockout blow.

While London has given its support to the sovereignty-challenging “Freedom of Navigation Operations” performed by the US and other nations in the South China Sea, Wallace said the carrier’s deployment was not intended to be “provocative,” but would indicate London’s willingness to “play an active role in shaping the international system of the 21st century.”

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle shut down Queen Elizabeth’s ‘constant meddling’

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle shut down Queen Elizabeth’s ‘constant meddling’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly lost complete patience with Queen Elizabeth’s constant meddling during their time in the palace.

The claim has been brought forward by royal expert Camilla Tominey who revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle always wanted to branch out with their own press office but were blocked by the Queen and Prince Charles.

Ms. Tominey made the admission in an ITV documentary titled Harry and William: What Went Wrong?

In it she was quoted saying, “Rather than have their own press office established, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were told that they would be incorporated into Buckingham Palace.”

“It’s at that point that the Queen and Prince Charles sweep in and say ‘no, we will manage your affairs’. And in a way, that’s the final straw because once again the Sussexes are saying ‘why can’t we have what the Cambridges are having? We should be on equal footing’.”

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Kate Middleton Pays Tribute To Prince Philip & Queen Elizabeth’s Marriage With Pearl Necklace

Kate Middleton wore a pearl necklace and a pair of earrings to Prince Philip’s funeral, which were of special significance to the Queen and the late Princess Diana.

Kate Middleton has paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, and reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a special piece of jewelry to her grandfather-in-law Prince Philip‘s funeral on April 17. While attending the service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a pearl necklace and a pair of earrings which belong to the Queen herself. The 39-year-old mother of three donned the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker, and the Queen’s Bahrain Pearl Earrings for the somber occasion.

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Kate Middleton at Prince Philip’s funeral. Image: Shutterstock

She previously wore the necklace at the celebration of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary in 2017. It was also loaned to the late Princess Diana, who was a big fan of pearls, for a banquet at Hampton Court Palace during the Dutch royal family’s visit to the U.K. The unique piece of jewelry was made from some of the finest cultured pearls, which were a gift from the Japanese government to Her Majesty.

The Queen wore the choker throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher‘s 70th Birthday dinner. Meanwhile, Kate’s Bahrain earrings were gifted to her grandmother-in-law on her wedding day in 1947. They feature a large round diamond with a smaller, circular diamond hanging below it. Kate previously wore the silver earrings to a Remembrance Day service in 2016.

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Queen Elizabeth in the necklace. Image: Shutterstock

It was a somber day at Windsor Castle, as 30 of Philip’s closest family members said their final goodbyes. Kate’s husband Prince William were involved in the procession, as they walked behind the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh. His father Prince Charles led family members in the eight-minute long procession, while the Queen travelled in the state Bentley at the back of the ceremonial procession and sat alone, amid social distancing guidelines.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s ‘calm’ and ‘stoic’ body language similar to Queen Elizabeths

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“Her more stoic approach is rather old-fashioned, mirroring the Queen rather than setting new standards like some of the younger royals, but it is a perfect fit for a country that is in need of some quiet stability and good sense.

“Sophie has always projected a form of quiet confidence but placed under the media and public glare again she seems to have adapted quickly in terms of taking that confidence up to a much higher level.”

The expert added that Sophie’s confidence has grown over her years in the Royal Family.

Judi explained: “Her direct eye-connect signals with the cameras make her look both unwary and unafraid of the public.

At the time, Judi revealed that her body language mimicked the Queen’s on-screen presence.

She added: “Sophie’s rather lengthy appearance during the Commonwealth Celebrations did seem to reflect the level of esteem she is held in by the Queen currently.

“She also created a similar on-screen presence to the Queen in terms of body language and mood, with both women seen on video calls wearing smiles of pure keenness and delight and creating a very motivational presence via some keen active listening signals.”

The body language expert previously highlighted how Sophie is protective of her children through her body signals.

She said: “Sophie’s body language with her children has always suggested a very proud and subtly protective approach from a mother keen to grow their confidence by setting her own strong example.

“Sophie always looks energetic and jolly in a family group, often walking slightly ahead with an air of upbeat determination that should make her a role model for both her husband and her children.”