May I introduce the K/S NORGE
Built in 1937 as the "PHILANTE
" by Sir Thomas Sophwith. (of aviation fame)
Used by the Royal Navy as a convoy-escort during WW2.
Purchased in 1946 with funds collected by the Norwegian people. After a rebuild in 1948 she was given as a gift to (then) King Haakon 7th.
Today she is still owned by the Royal family and used for their travels in European waters.
She is staffed by conscripts and officers of the Norwegian Navy.
If Queen Elizabeth II
should desire a sea-voyage, I'm sure she would be accomodated by her distant nephew,
King Harald V, the current owner...
Here the ship is seen maneuvering to her summer-berth, just outside my office.
[Edited 2009-12-16 15:26:24]