The Queen smashes whisky on a monster

Red Arrows mark the naming of Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth by Queen Elizabeth II.
Red Arrows mark the naming of Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth by Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth officially names the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth officially names the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Helicopters fly over the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth during her naming ceremony at the Rosyth dockyard in Fife.
Helicopters fly over the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth during her naming ceremony at the Rosyth dockyard in Fife.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the formal naming ceremony for HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the formal naming ceremony for HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship.

It's a huge aircraft carrier that is still missing one notable element: planes.

But the slight omission failed to dampen spirits on Friday as Queen Elizabeth II gave the largest ever warship built for the Royal Navy her name during a celebration in Scotland.

In a departure from the traditional shattering of a champagne bottle against the hull, the Queen pressed a button to release a bottle of malt whisky.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is far from being complete, but was named as it is to be placed in the water. When complete, it will be equipped with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, a multirole fighter.

At 56 metres (183 feet), the flagship is taller than Niagra Falls and has a flight deck the size of 60 tennis courts.

AP