HMS Prince Philip gets the go-ahead

HMS Prince Philip gets the go-ahead: New £200million national flagship will 'boost British trade and investment' in commemoration of Duke of Edinburgh New national flagship costing up to £200m is to be named after Prince Philip  Reports said ship would boost British trade and drive investment in UK economy Sparked speculation vessel would be seen as successor to Royal Yacht Britannia The Royal Yacht was controversially decommissioned by Tony Blair in 1997

By Brendan Carlin for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 01:32 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 01:32 BST, 2 May 2021

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A new national flagship costing up to £200 million is to be named after the Duke of Edinburgh, it was claimed last night.

Reports said the ship was expected to be named HMS Prince Philip and would boost British trade and drive investment in the UK's economy.

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The claims sparked speculation that the new vessel would be seen as a successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia, controversially decommissioned by Tony Blair in 1997.

But a Number 10 spokesman stressed last night there were no plans for a new Royal yacht. 

They also declined to comment on reports that an announcement by Boris Johnson could come within weeks.

A new national flagship costing up to £200 million is to be named after the Duke of Edinburgh, it was claimed last night. Pictured: Prince Phillip on board HMS Ranger in 2015

A new national flagship costing up to £200 million is to be named after the Duke of Edinburgh, it was claimed last

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