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A new royal yacht is to be commissioned by the government and named after Prince Philip, according to reports.

It would be the successor to HMY Britannia, which was taken out of service 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 World War II.

The royal yacht was used on trade missions, like this one to India in early 1997
The royal yacht was used on trade missions, like this one to India in early 1997

The Daily Telegraph reports that the new yacht will be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson “in a few weeks”.

The cost of building the ship could reach £ 200million, with MPs calling for the ship to be built in the UK.

Downing Street did not deny 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 on the lookout for new ways to promote Britain to the world, bring investment back to the UK and deliver great value to the British.

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The yacht is expected to sail around the world and be used to promote trade and British interests abroad – including by hosting meetings.

Conservative MP Craig Mckinlay campaigned for the new yacht.

He said: “A new national flagship product proudly bearing the name of Prince philip could not be a better memorial to this man so loved and respected.

“I am delighted that the years of efforts to prove to Ministers the value of such a vessel to our country’s global brand are now about to become a reality.

“My last joint letter signed by my fellow MPs and peers may have helped take this project beyond the line. I am delighted.”

Jake Berry, who is chairman of the Northern Research Group of MPs, has called for the HMY Prince Philip to be built by Cammell Laird in Merseyside.

There are calls for the yacht to be built at the Cammell Laird shipyard

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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 05:46:00