The Queen made a surprise visit to Portsmouth yesterday, when she stopped for lunch aboard luxurious yacht the Leander.

The 245ft yacht, owned by NCP car park millionaire Sir

Donald Gosling, was docked at Gunwharf Quays.

The Queen arrived in Southsea via helicopter, and was driven

to Gunwharf Quays where she stepped on board the Leander.

The Leander is a popular yacht with the royals; in 2008 Prince

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall flew to Trinidad to join her. They’ve spent time aboard the yacht before.

With her master suite, private study, sitting room, massage

room, whirlpool on the deck, dining room that seats 100 and a gym, she was once

the most expensive charter yacht in Britain.

After having a private lunch with Sir Gosling, the Queen

stepped out and waved to the growing crowd of tourists and shoppers.

The Leander has been

moored at Gunwharf Quays since April 30.

“We are honoured to be able to facilitate this private visit

for Her Majesty, and it is a testament to the excellent reputation of Gunwharf

Quays that we are able to,” Peter Emery, centre director, told the Portsmouth News.