Queen told U.K. government she would 'very much welcome' new yacht in 1995 note
In this Friday, May 9, 1997 file photo, the British Royal Yacht Britannia is tugged to port in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:20AM EST
LONDON -- A newly discovered note in the U.K.'s National Archives shows Queen Elizabeth II let government officials know she would welcome a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia once it was decommissioned.
The 1995 note is unusual because the queen is required to remain politically neutral and avoids lobbying the government on specific requests.
The message from her deputy private secretary to the Cabinet office said Elizabeth would "naturally very much welcome" a new royal yacht.
But it made clear palace officials recognized the decision had to be made by government ministers, not the queen.
The Royal Yacht Britannia was in service from 1954 to 1997.
The queen was known to be deeply attached to the Britannia. She was photographed shedding a tear when the vessel was retired.