The Queen has only once shed tears in public â€“ when her Royal Yacht, Britannia, was taken away in 1997.
Now she is â€˜delightedâ€™ that she will once again have the use of a luxury yacht, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.Â
The Mail on Sunday can exclusively reveal that former car park tycoon Sir Donald Gosling is to lend the Queen his Â£50â€‰million super-yacht Leander to mark her 60 years on the Throne.
The 246ft yacht is normally available for charter at Â£440,000 a week, but Sir Donald, 82, said: â€˜I wouldnâ€™t expect a fee for something that is on behalf of the nation.’
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the loan of Leander.
Leander is one of the world’s most luxurious yachts which is available for hire
No Royal Yacht? You’d better borrow mine for Jubilee year