World

FAREWELL, BRITANNIA:

December 22 1997
World

FAREWELL, BRITANNIA:

December 22 1997

FAREWELL, BRITANNIA:

The Queen wipes a tear from her

eye as she joins Prince Philip to watch the decommissioning of the royal yacht Britannia in Portsmouth harbor. The Queen had used the ship regularly since she christened it 44 years ago, but it has become too costly to maintain. Its last major service was carrying Prince Charles and the British governor out of Hong Kong on June 30 as the colony was returned to China. The ship may yet avoid the scrap heap and live on as a floating museum.