According to reports, a new Royal yacht named after Prince Philip is set to be commissioned by the Government in the coming weeks. The ship would be a successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned by the Government in 1997.
The Telegraph reports that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will announce the new royal yacht “within weeks” and that the cost of building the vessel will amount to around £200 million. Members of Parliament are also calling for the yacht to be built in the United Kingdom.
Though Downing Street has not confirmed the project, a spokesperson did comment, “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.”
The ship being named after Prince Philip is very poignant. The Duke of Edinburgh was Lord High Admiral from 2011 until his death in April 2021. He also served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
Craig McKinlay MP, who has campaigned for the yacht, commented, “A new national flagship bearing the name of Prince Philip can be no better memorial to this much-loved and respected man. I am delighted that years of effort to prove to ministers the value of such a vessel to our country’s global brand is now on the brink of becoming reality.”
Since its decommission in 1997, HMY Britannia has been berthed at Edinburgh and is currently used as a tourist attraction.