This weekend will see the formalising of Heart of Midlothian FC as the “official” football club of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship the Royal Navy has ever had in its fleet.
The 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier was built at Rosyth with the final stages of system testing expected to be completed in preparation for sea trials in 2016.
The club was chosen by HMS Queen Elizabeth for a number of reasons:
- Hearts’ connection to the British Armed Forces with the formation of McCrae’s Battalion in 1914 to fight in the Great War.
- The ship’s connection with the City of Edinburgh.
- The belief that both Hearts and the Royal Navy are currently recovering after challenging times.
There will be an official exchange of pennants in the Boardroom before Saturday's Championship clash with Raith Rovers.
And as part of the affiliation, Hearts Legends will face a team from HMS Queen Elizabeth in a charity fund-raising match, the date and venue to be confirmed.