Reaching Two-Million People: our social media coverage of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival

The Royal Navy’s newest and largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, made her long-awaited arrival into Portsmouth Harbour this week, on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

Charley and myself made a beeline for the roof of Ben Ainslie Racing’s headquarters in Old Portsmouth, one of the absolute best vantage points for the new ship’s homecoming. We knew our coverage would prove popular, but we didn’t expect to hit a reach of two-million people on a single post!

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Hilariously, this post is a rushed panorama Charley nonchalantly shot on iPhone while filming a proper polished 4K video! At the time of writing, it’s gained 12,000 shares, 9,000 reactions, and 1,600 comments. Good times.

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Here’s the polished video Charley shot:

Here are some of the photos I took from the roof:

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Plus, some short videos I shot:

The Royal Navy sent us this drone footage of the warship’s arrival:

And here are some photos of her arrival from others which we loved:

Mary Rose Museum’s view of HMS Queen Elizabeth ⚓️

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@johngasser captured HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival from this fantastic angle

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British pride as HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived! Captured by @j.p.nomad

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Dave Hartley (@oaktowers) captured this awesome shot from atop Spinnaker Tower ⚓️

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Southsea Rowing Club had a full house yesterday, with people watching HMS Queen Elizabeth sail into Portsmouth from the clubhouse — they even fired up the barbecue 🔥

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Cool perspective of HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving in Portsmouth, captured by @howardhurd 📸

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Hats off to Shaun Roster Photography yet again for his remarkable aerial photography — HMS Queen Elizabeth docked up!

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David and Goliath! Top capture of HMS Queen Elizabeth by Owen Davies

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Awesome view of HMS Queen Elizabeth from Millennium Bridge in Gosport, taken by Amanda Morby 📸

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Fantastic shot of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival from Holly Broadway at Gunwharf Quays

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Johnny Black scaled it back to 16mm to fit the whole ship in!


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