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Queen sounds alarm on Irma relief frigate visit

By Tony Jones

The Queen has heard first-hand about the Royal Navy's relief effort in the aftermath of Caribbean Hurricane Irma- and could not resist trying out a piece of a fireman's safety equipment.

The crew of a Wildcat helicopter described the devastation they saw when deployed to the West Indies as the Queen visited the warship HMS Sutherland in London's West India Docks, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the vessel's commissioning.

Later, when the Queen came across four of the frigate's firefighters, she could not resist pressing the fire horn of Engineering Technician Stanley Money (21).

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has returned to a Lancashire village devastated by floods in Storm Desmond to see how the recovery effort progressed.

He first visited St Michael's on Wyre in February last year after the floods in December 2015 damaged 1,700 businesses and homes.

Yesterday, he reopened the refurbished village hall and met residents who were forced to move out of their homes following the storm.

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