Queen unveils restored Cutty Sark
After surviving the roughest seas and a devastating fire, a "spectacular" Cutty Sark was unveiled by the Queen after a £50 million restoration project.
The world's last remaining tea clipper has been restored to her heyday when she carried goods from around the globe back to England.
It has been 55 years since the Queen first opened the maritime attraction to the public, and she returned to repeat the ceremony but for a Cutty Sark now in a dramatic new setting.
Richard Doughty, director of the Cutty Sark Trust, described the vessel as "spectacular" and said: "We have a ship fit for the Queen and we're very proud Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have come to open the site.
"Fifty-five years on from when she first came, it's a very different experience, offering a light environment in the Cutty Sark's new elevated position."
The director said the wealth of positive public feeling towards the clipper was overwhelming when residents were given a free tour of the vessel at the weekend - "people have invested love in this ship to put it back together again", he said.
The clipper is now displayed in a stunning setting, lifted more than 11ft (3.4m) above its dry berth in Greenwich, south east London, with the space under the three-masted vessel housing an interactive museum where visitors can learn about its history.
When the fire, caused by a vacuum cleaner that had been left on, struck in 2007 most of the fixtures and fittings had been removed for a major project to renovate the vessel, now 143 years old, so visitors can see many original features on deck.
Philip has a long association with the ship, co-founding the Cutty Sark Society in 1951 to safeguard the vessel, and coming to Greenwich soon after the fire to assess the damage for himself.
The Queen also unveiled a plaque to mark Greenwich becoming a royal borough, an honour bestowed to mark her Diamond Jubilee.