The doctor insisted she was a “big fan” of Prince Philip but noted that now was not the time for the government to undertake a major investment in a new yacht. Reports over the weekend suggested that Westminster is considering having a new yacht built to succeed the Queen’s beloved HMS Britannia, which was taken out of service in 1997. But Dr Jarvis dismissed the idea because it has suggested that the movement is “a smell of colonialism”.
“It’s £ 200million – I’m a big fan of Prince Philip, I’m a big fan of the Queen.
“Absolutely, he had a very nice naval history, very proud, but the time to do it could have been when the Britannia was downgraded.
“It is certainly not now that we are in the most precarious financial situation. “
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“” Look, we are a great international power. We may be small, but look how far we are on the world stage. “
Speculation about a new £ 200million yacht emerged weeks after the Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 in April.
Prince Philip was Lord High Admiral from 2011 until his death and has had a close relationship with the British Navy since he gave up his career in 1952.
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In 1945 Prince Philip was First Lieutenant on HMS Whelp as he escorted the USS Missouri to join the US Fleet off Japan and he was in Tokyo Bay when Emperor Hirohito surrendered after six years of war.
He continued to serve, both in the UK and Malta, until the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 and held various honorary positions for the rest of his life.
The Duke of Edinburgh stood alongside His Majesty as she watched his beloved Britannia be downgraded 22 years ago.
Ms Myskow said: “The problem with the Royal Yacht was that it was an emblem of Great Britain.
“It was used in all kinds of ways and public relations – they sailed into the harbor somewhere and then the dignitaries got on board and were accommodated.
“Everything was very good for business, for commerce and for the image of the UK and at the same time it was a very special place for the Queen. “
She continued: “There are wonderful images of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh with the Royal Family when they were young, really enjoying being on the Britannia because they were safe.
“They were out of the public eye, they could actually be themselves. It was especially dear to the Queen’s heart, they sailed around the UK or sailed Scotland in the summer.
“When he was taken out of service it was a big blow to her and I remember the images from the time of the Queen with a tear rolling down her cheek. “