Queen Elizabeth’s farewell to the Royal Yacht in 1997 was certainly one of the solely events in her 70-year-reign that Her Majesty publicly shed a tear.

Almost 25 years in the past, HMY Britannia left Portsmouth for a farewell tour around the UK. It went to six main ports throughout the UK, together with Glasgow.

Why was the Royal Yacht Britannia decommissioned and the place is it at present?

Why was it decommissioned?

The Royal Yacht was decommissioned in 1994 by John Major’s Government as a result of “the costs were too great”, in accordance to the official web site.

The choice was made after the Royal Yacht was used for a protracted and profitable journey spanning 44 years and travelling multiple million miles throughout the globe.

The concern of a brand new royal yacht turned a political concern in the run-up to the 1997 General Election, when the new Labour Government got here into energy.

After the election, Tony Blair’s Government confirmed in October 1997 there could be no substitute for Britannia.

It marked the finish of a protracted tradition of British royal yachts, relationship again to 1660 and the reign of Charles II.

Where is the HMY Britannia?

Britannia is completely berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Today, the Royal yacht is open to curious guests and welcomes greater than 300,000 visits each year.

Britannia was launched in 1953 from the John Brown and Company shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland.

Its function was to serve the Royal Family and it was the first to be constructed with complete ocean-going capability, designed as a royal residence to entertain company around the world.

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