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.