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Royal couple visit Vasa warship

The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the world's only surviving 17th century ship with the Prince of Wales - and joked that she would like to borrow it for the Queen's pageant.

Admiring the Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1628, Camilla told King Carl XVI Gustaf: "It's pretty impressive. It's unbelievable.

"It is very nice. Perhaps we could borrow it for the jubilee pageant.

"It would be very nice going down the Thames."

The Vasa, now housed in a custom-built museum, was salvaged in 1961.

Thirty people died when it sank after filling up with water after sailing just 1,200 metres down the harbour.

More than a million people visit the tourist attraction in the centre of Stockholm each year - but most are not allowed on board.

The royal party was given permission to take a closer look and took a keen interest as museum staff gave them a guided tour.


From Belfast Telegraph