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An extended and almost exhausting round of tours and visits
was planned for the Queen and members of the Royal family in the months
after the coronation. The grandest was the Naval Review at Spithead on
June 15 when the Queen in the Royal Yacht ‘Surprise’ sailed
through a fleet of 200 ships that included the last British battleship,
HMS ‘Vanguard’, nine aircraft carriers, ten cruisers and ships
from 16 foreign navies including those of the USA, USSR and France.
(Appendix List No. 150) shows this assemblage
in great detail. An 8 page pull-out panorama shows all of the Royal Navy’s
principal fighting craft and auxliaries necessary to maintain a modern
navy in action.