The tourist attraction reported losses of £2.4m due to coronavirus restrictions and has now temporarily closed its doors. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Royal Yacht Britannia, showing one of the drawing rooms. After their Wedding in 1981, the Prince of Wales and his bride flew to Gibraltar where they boarded the Royal Yacht . that the yacht could be a symbol of the country’s new post-Brexit opportunities and freedoms. This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Built in 1954, HMY Britannia sailed more than one million nautical miles during her 44 years of service and hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Rajiv Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Jones has said that the cost of the should be split between businesses, taxpayers and the National Lottery, because apparently there aren’t other projects or kinds of infrastructure which need serious investment at the moment. Jones definitely has his finger on the pulse - nothing says being in touch with what ordinary people in the UK (and around the world) want like spending more than 100 million pounds on a yacht for the Queen. The yacht served as the Royal Yacht of Queen Elizabeth II between 1954 and 1997 before it was retired and is now berthed at the Ocean Terminal in Leith. UK should spend £100m on new royal yacht to boost morale, says lord, Covid-19 is nature sending us a message- we must listen, Inside Politics: Face coverings made mandatory on public transport, Blair tells government mass virus testing regime must be introduced, Test and trace system not expected to be ‘world-class’ until September. brought up the yacht last year during hustings for the Conservative Party leadership, saying that he would ask the Queen if she wanted a ‘new Royal Yacht Britannia’ if he became Prime Minister. With the UK facing pandemic, recession and mass protests over racial inequalities, a former trade minister has suggested one innovative way to boost the nation’s morale: spend £100m building a new royal yacht. He made the comments a few days after Mark Francois, the head of the European Research Group and a hard Brexiteer, who said that the yacht could be a symbol of the country’s new post-Brexit opportunities and freedoms. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Two top Edinburgh Tories snubbed as party chooses candidates for 2021 Holyrood elections, Dramatic pictures show Edinburgh and its iconic sites shrouded in thick fog. It is not an elitist thing and it is not an old age thing – this is something that 13-year old, 14-year old teenagers could relate to as well.". But Lord Jones, who, as Digby Jones ran the Confederation of British Industry for six years, said a new boat could be funded by a three-way split between businesses, taxpayers and the National Lottery. But, apart from revealing a possible blind spot on the interests of an average teenager, it also seems that, amid ongoing devastation caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the 64-year-old may have misread the room slightly.

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