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06 July 2017
Two Queens pass in the Moray Firth

As the UK's largest-ever warship (seen faintly through the haze) anchors outside the Sutors in the Moray Firth, Cunard's liner the Queen Elizabeth sailed out of the Cromarty Firth this evening en route to Kirkwall.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, under construction at Rosyth since 2014, has commenced six weeks of sea trials off the coast of Scotland. More than 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors have sailed with the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier on her maiden voyage.

The Queen Elizabeth with its 2000 passengers is on a 13-day British Isles cruise from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Dublin and the Channel Islands.

See the two QEs sail past each other in the Moray Firth.