Several hundred million pounds of the UK Treasury may get allocated to a new, replacement yacht for the Queen, likely to be used more by Prince Chuck. Because that’s where national wealth should go. Most of the announcements have resembled Trumpist PR for Space Force.
The "national flagship" announcement has no mention of the Royals. This would appear to be a direct result of Royal agnosticism and concern at the potential reputational damage to the Royal family of this proposal at this time.https://t.co/Azfh5DwlY0
— Sunder Katwala (@sundersays) May 31, 2021
Given previous attempts at such a flagship have said that it would be a new ‘royal yacht’, this must be a deliberate omission.
One would not accidentally fail to mention that the new ship was to be a royal yacht and have royal blessing if such things were true.
Indeed, the glaring omission in the announcement indicates that the announcement is a negotiated document, where the wording has been subject to intense consideration and internal discussions and approvals.
And so, although the Crown is prevalent in the polity of the United Kingdom – from underpinning the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, royal charter bodies, the maintenance of the queen’s peace and the armed services – there appears to be one thing the royalty does not want to be connected with, and that is this ship.
Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and there have been repeated calls for a successor ship.
But the idea gathered pace in the aftermath of Prince Philip’s death last month.
The vessel would be used to promote British business overseas by hosting trade negotiations, diplomatic talks, mooring at trade fairs, and sailing across the world.
Lets do it people, “Boaty McBoatface may have a higher calling? @RoyalFamily must insist on the new name being “Boaty”! Just don’t ask #Haz or #MeghanMarkle, @ArchwellF lot as they will call it racist and culturally inappropriate. https://t.co/HRO2XnWZCX pic.twitter.com/DatZRoeRlo
— Darren🇬🇧🏴 (@DAZWILSON1974) May 30, 2021