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Diamond Jubilee Royal Yacht

Diamond Jubilee Royal Yacht

High-profile discussions around the proposal to build a £60m Royal Yacht to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were abound this week, with David Cameron publically announcing his support for the project, provided it was not funded by the taxpayer.

The subject of the Royal Yacht arose when the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, suggested that The Queen should receive a ‘Gift from the Nation’ to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

Gove, in a letter to fellow Ministers, stated: “I feel strongly more should be done to achieve a longer lasting legacy … events such as proms and the party at the palace organised for the Diamond Jubilee, and the street parties, although excellent, are transient.  It would be appropriate to do something that will mark the significance of this occasion with fitting ceremony.”

It was in the 1990s that a consortium of sailing professionals embarked on ‘The Future Ship Project’ to commission a 21st century replacement for The Royal Yacht Britannia.  The project was put on hold however when the plans dissolved under the Labour Government.  The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Queen for 44 years before being decommissioned in 1997. It is now on display as a tourist attraction in Edinburgh.

A new Royal Yacht would be used by the Royal Family, as well as for trade and business related events, for educational purposes and as a means for scientific research.   The scheme proposed is for a 600ft yacht equipped with four masts and a diesel engine.  It will feature Royal Quarters, State Rooms and research laboratories.

What do you think to the proposals to build a Royal Yacht?  Do you think the Nation should provide a lasting legacy for Queen Elizabeth II?

Image: File photo dated 11 December 1997 of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Portsmouth Harbour.  The Royal Yacht Britannia in Portsmouth Harbour prior to her paying-off ceremony when she was retired in the presence of no fewer than 14 members of the Royal Family. The Queen was the last Royal to leave the ship.

Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire