Note says Britain's queen 'naturally' wanted new royal yacht

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.

Must Read

Fans mourn pop's George Michael as charities...

Dec 26, 2016

Fans are mourning the death of pop star George Michael as British charities praise his generosity

Queen Elizabeth II misses church due to 'heavy...

Jan 1, 2017

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II was not well enough to attend a New Year church service...

Prince Harry bests William, Kate in London royal...

Feb 5, 2017

Prince William may be closer in line to the British throne, but brother Prince Harry bested him at...

Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne

Feb 6, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the...

AP Interview: Depression hits when soccer career...

Feb 6, 2017

On the training pitches at Arsenal is where Jason Brown feels at peace

Sign up now!