An overjoyed mother hugs her son on his return from operations abroad onboard HMS Gloucester.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester joined the Type 42 destroyer as she sailed back into Portsmouth on March 25 following her seven-month deployment to the South Atlantic.

*Model release forms held at FFRPU(E)*
*** Local Caption *** Pictured: Mrs Marie Grinnell and son AB (SEA) Ashley Grinnell.