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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Royal Yacht off to promising start

17th January 2012

London may soon have a new attraction to lure in tourists and entertain locals as the government says it would "react favourably" to a project that will see the construction of a new Royal yacht.

Tourists staying in boutique hotels in London may soon see the luxury boat sailing town the Thames as plans to build the new yacht, which will funded privately, have been put before the prime minister.

The Future Ship Project for the 21st Century (FSP21) will see a 600ft-long craft constructed and used for trade and business events as well as training 200 young people.

A potential attraction for those in top hotels in London, especially after the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the education secretary Michael Gove argued that it should be taxpayer funded.

"Events such as proms and the party at the palace organised for the Diamond Jubilee, and street parties, although excellent, are transient," he wrote in a letter to Downing Street.

"It would be appropriate to do something that will mark the significance of this occasion with fitting ceremony."

This idea was shot down by the government as austerity measures leave people feeling the pinch. However, David Cameron has said he gives the privately-funded project his "full support", according to a report by BBC News.

Furthermore, the news outlet's deputy political editor James Landale said that rear admiral David Bawtree came up with the plan and that the prime minister told him it was "inspirational".

FSP21 has also received the support of the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne, with the vessel expected to cost over £60 million to create.

The last royal yacht, Britannia, fell out of service for the Queen after 44 years of duty in 1997. Over its lifespan, the ship carried the monarch and the Royal Family on nearly 1,000 official voyages before being taken out of service.


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