Does the royal family still have the royal yacht?
The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Queen for 44 years from its launch on April 16th, 1953 until it was decommissioned in 1997.
Who owns the Royal Yacht now?
During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland….HMY Britannia.
|Owner||The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust|
|Ordered||5 February 1952|
Why did the royal family get rid of their yacht?
A Sombre Farewell. On 23 June 1994, John Major’s Government announced there would be no refit for HMY Britannia as the costs would be too great. After a long and successful career spanning 44 years and travelling over 1 million miles around the globe, it was announced that the last Royal Yacht was to be decommissioned.
Was the royal yacht used in the Falklands?
But during the 1982 war to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina, the Britannia was deemed unsuitable, and a cruise liner, the Uganda, was chartered as a hospital ship instead. The royal yacht has never carried wounded troops.
How many yachts does the Royal Family own?
The United Kingdom has had 83 royal yachts since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. Charles II himself had 25 royal yachts, while five were simultaneously in service in 1831. Since the decommissioning of Britannia in 1997 the Queen no longer has a royal yacht.
Where is Britannia now?
In 1997, after over 40 years of service, the vessel was decommissioned and is now berthed at Leith Port where curious visitors can explore the majestic Britannia.
Does the Queen still own a yacht?
There are currently no British royal yachts, although MV Hebridean Princess has been used by the Royal Family.
Who owns Royal Yacht Britannia?
The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust
Britannia is owned and cared for by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust. Britannia is part of the Core Collection of the National Register of Historic Vessels, the official register of the most important British ships in existence.