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Queen Elizabeth II suffered a “big, personal blow” after giving up a special place.

According to writer Nina Myskow, the monarch suffered a “big personal blow” when she was forced to accept the decision to have the royal yacht Britannia decommissioned after 44 years due to the extensive costs it required to refit it. Queen Elizabeth II shed a tear when she attended the official decommissioning ceremony in Portsmouth in 1997, Express reported.

The yacht played an important role in the Queen’s life because it was an emblem of Great Britain. It was also used in various ways and PR things. It was also very good for business, for trade and for the image of the UK. Overall, the yacht was a very special place for the Queen.

A footage through the years showed the members of the royal family enjoying time together on the Britannia away from the limelight. One clip even showed Prince Charles and his siblings turning one of the decks into a makeshift slide. There was also footage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with the royals when they were young enjoying and loving the Britannia because they felt safe there. Hence, she was devastated when the yacht was decommissioned.

“When it was decommissioned it was a big personal blow for her and I remember footage of the time, of the Queen with a tear coming down her cheek. It was quite devastating because you’d never seen the Queen like that before, it was a very personal thing,” Myskow explained.

In related news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be spending Christmas with the Queen and other members of the royal famiy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly wanted the event to be extra special because it will be Archie’s first holiday. And so they will spend it with Markle’s mom in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, not everyone was happy with the Sussexes’ decision to spend Christmas away from the monarch. According to Sir Rod Stewart, Prince Harry and Markle were being inconsiderate because they didn’t think about the Queen’s age and how many Christmases she has left.

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Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on Nov. 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson