How to design a yacht fit for a Queen

Story highlights

  • A UK politician has suggested the Queen should be given a new yacht to mark this year's diamond jubilee
  • CNN asked some yacht designers what they would do if they received the commission
  • Timeless, captivating and cost-savvy designs have been suggested
The British royal family has a long history with the sea. Queen Elizabeth II's much beloved Royal Yacht Britannia carried members of the monarchy on almost 1000 official voyages over 44 years, from her launch in 1953 to her decommissioning in 1997.
Her Majesty was seen wiping a tear away at the farewell ceremony for Britannia, which was launched in 1953 with a dual purpose - to provide royal travel around the Commonwealth and to act as a hospital ship in time of war.
Now UK media reports that Conservative member of parliament Michael Gove has suggested the Queen should be given a new yacht to mark this year's diamond jubilee.
What would go into designing a yacht fit for the Queen of England? We ask some yacht designers what they would do if they received the commission of a lifetime.
A "timeless" creation
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