New royal yacht named after Prince Philip to be ‘commissioned within weeks’, costing as much as £200m
The Daily Telegraph reports that the ship would replace HMY Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997.
A new royal yacht is to be commissioned by the government and named after Prince Philip, according to reports.It would be a successor to HMY Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997.
The Duke of Edinburgh was Lord High Admiral from 2011 until his death earlier this year, and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the new yacht will be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson “within weeks”.
The cost of building the vessel could be as much as £200m, with MPs calling for the ship to be built in the UK. Downing Street has not denied the reports, with a
spokesperson saying: “The prime minister has an exciting vision for shipbuilding in this country and is committed to making the UK a shipbuilding superpower.
“We are always looking for new ways to promote global Britain around the world, driving investment back to the UK and delivering value for money for the British people.”