Great Britain sent a firm message to the world yesterday by naming its latest Royal Navy warship after a sprightly but rather frail 88 year old woman. Foreign navies are said to be quaking in their bell-bottoms at the prospect of facing HMS Queen Elizabeth, having previously been intimidated by warships with names such as HMS Illustrious, HMS Endurance and HMS Come And Have A Go If You Think You’re Hard Enough.
‘HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to rule the white-gloved waves for the foreseeable future,’ said Ian Booth of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, speaking at the naming ceremony for the new vessel. ‘She will command respect while demonstrating power, authority and a lovely selection of hats.’
It is understood that many foreign powers will be putting their military plans on hold as a result of the announcement, frightened at the prospect of tangling with such a tough adversary. Meanwhile the Royal Navy are looking forward to the prospect of going into battle not only with HMS Queen Elizabeth but also the even-more-threatening HMS Prince of Wales.