Queen once again has some sea legs
Fourteen years have passed since Queen Elizabeth reluctantly said goodbye to one of her favourite homes – the royal yacht Britannia.
Now it looks as though the monarch will once again be able the sail the seas – at least for her Diamond Jubilee year.
“It’s a great shame we no longer have a royal yacht,” Gosling told the Mail. “And while I wouldn’t put Leander in the same class as Britannia, she is a good ship capable of helping out in the celebrations.”
The ship is considerably smaller than Britannia -- 75 metres in length compared to 125 -- but features two master suites, eight guest cabins and a gym. The decor is decidedly comfy old-fashioned, but not out of step with what the Queen is used to.
The Mail noted that since Britannia was decommissioned, Gosling has been making Leander available to the Royal Family. In 2008, Charles and Camilla used it during their tour of the Caribbean.
The best part, for taxpayers, is that Gosling will forgo the usual fee for the charter yacht, which is more than $650,000 per week.
Meanwhile, the Queen will be reunited with Britannia for one day anyway. The yacht, used by the Royal Family for 43 years but now moored in Edinburgh, will host a reception the night before the July 30 wedding of the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, to Mike Tindall.
Most members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be at the wedding.