HMS Prince of Wales arrived in Liverpool today to a huge welcome from crowds braving the rain.

The 65,000 tonne Royal Navy vessel made her way up the River Mersey before docking at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, where she will stay until Friday, March 6.

Crowds gathered on both sides of the Mersey this afternoon to see the aircraft carrier, which was led by guiding boat the HMS Charger.

Petty Officer Joe Hornby, 36, from Kirkby is an aircraft engineer aboard the HSM Prince of Wales, and he said: “It’s going to be such a good day and everyone is really excited to see me. My family have been asking about it and it will be so good to show them the ship.

“I joined up in the careers office in Liverpool, and it seems like a long time ago. If someone told me then I would be coming back into the city on one of the aircraft carriers, I wouldn’t have believed them.

“I can’t wait for my family to see the carrier, it is the first time they will see it and it makes it even more special that it is in Liverpool. The whole city will be so excited.”

The ship sent fans into a frenzy earlier this month when it announced that people would have the chance to board the enormous vessel and tickets sold out almost immediately.

A lucky 13,000 people will go aboard the ship over the weekend to see her up close, and are invited to take photos and videos when on board.

For those who didn’t manage to snap up a ticket, there’s still plenty going on quayside to get a real Royal Navy experience, including a Royal Navy Village, an inflatable challenge bungee run and unarmed combat and weapons displays.

Our photographers were out and about on both sides of the River Mersey - and on it too -  today snap photos as HMS Prince of Wales arrived for her week-long stay in the city.

Take a look at our gallery above to see the best photos of HMS Price of Wales.