Letter: Sailing into the sunset of monarchy

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Sir: One of the reasons for the public financing of HMY Britannia was that the ship would be available as a hospital ship "in times of conflict". During the Falklands war I wrote to the Ministry of Defence asking why the Queen's ship was not on station when our troopships were bombed by the Argentines. I received a reply stating that the Royal Yacht was unavailable because it used the wrong type of oil.