Queen’s News: Palace ‘Distances’ Queen from Politics Surrounding New Royal Yacht Royal | New
Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, spoke after Boris Johnson unveiled plans for the country’s first national flagship since the decommissioning of the royal yacht Britannia in 1997. It will cost up to £ 200million and will host ministerial summits and diplomatic talks as part of Mr Johnson’s plan to forge ties with other countries after Brexit.
Unveiling his bold plan, the Prime Minister said: “Every aspect of the ship, from its construction to the businesses it presents on board, will represent and promote the best of the British.
“A clear and powerful symbol of our commitment to be an active player on the world stage.”
Rather than inspiring national unity, the idea has been criticized by many – especially its huge price tag which comes as many prepare to tighten their belts amid the Covid pandemic.
Labor has said it wants ‘public money to be used for targeted investments in a green economic recovery, resources for our NHS and to help families succeed’.
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“HMS Victory, at Portsmouth Dockyard, is the first Sea Lord’s and, therefore, the ceremonial flagship.
“Downing Street and the Defense Department had no idea yesterday whether this new ship would affect their status.
“One thing is clear: this is not really a new Royal Yacht and, although members of the Royal Family may occasionally come on board for functions and maybe even stay there briefly on overseas visits, they won’t go on board for weeks. end like they did on Britannia.
It was initially reported that the ship was planned to be named after the Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in March, was instrumental in the design of the original Britannia.
But sources have since said there were no plans to name the ship in her honor without Buckingham Palace’s consent.
A royal source told the Daily Mail the suggestion was ‘too big’ and added ‘it’s not something we asked for’.
Unlike the previous ship, the Royal Family will not be using it for personal travel or vacations.
However, they will be able to use it to make visits abroad at the request of the government.