By Deirdre Tynan • 01 June 2021 • 12:48
Queen Elizabeth II. image: Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth declined requests from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s to name the plan to name the £200 million flagship successor to the royal yacht Britannia after Prince Philip.
The successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia will not be named after the late Duke of Edinburgh as Prime Minister Boris Johnson had hoped.
It will be the first national flagship since Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997. The new vessel will be a ship not a luxury yacht that the Royal Family uses, unless they are requested by the government to undertake an overseas trip on their behalf.
The PM had hoped that the flag ship would be named after Prince Philip who had helped design the vessel, but the Queen said no. Prince Philip died in April aged 99.
“It is not something we have asked for,” a palace source told the Daily Mail.
Johnson said that the national flagship will promote British trade and reflect “the UK’s burgeoning status as a great, independent maritime trading nation”.
It is possible that the ship could begin being built in 2022 but it could take a few more years before it can enter into service. At the moment, both the construction and final design of this ship needs to be tendered for.
If everything goes to plan the ship will remain in service for nearly 30 years and will be crewed by the Royal Navy.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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