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How many countries have royal yachts?

26 June 2021

9:00 AM

26 June 2021

9:00 AM

Royal waves

Does any other country have a royal yacht?

— The Queen of Denmark uses HDMY Dannebrog, a 260ft vessel built in 1932 to replace a paddle steamer of the same name.

— The Dutch royal family own a 50ft 1950s yacht, De Groene Draeck, used only locally.

— King Harald V of Norway has the use of HNoMY Norge, a 264ft vessel originally built for aircraft manufacturer Thomas Sopwith in 1937 and bought by the Norwegian people for their royal family after the second world war. It was restored following a serious fire in 1985.

— King Mohammed VI of Morocco owns El Boughaz I, a 133ft yacht built for a private American owner in 1930 and originally called the Black Douglas.

Covid death counts

Is the UK still near the top of chart for Covid deaths? Worst 20 countries (deaths per million residents since pandemic started):

Peru: 5,699

Hungary: 3,109

Bosnia: 2,953

N. Macedonia: 2,628

Bulgaria: 2,608

Montenegro: 2,555

Brazil: 2,345

Czech Republic: 2,822

Slovakia: 2,287


Belgium: 2,160

Slovenia: 2,122

Italy: 2,108

Croatia: 2,003

Poland: 1,979

Argentina: 1,953

Colombia: 1,944

UK: 1,876

US: 1,854

Mexico: 1,775

Spain: 1,724

Fanning out

Uefa threatened to take the Euros final away from Wembley and stage it in Budapest unless the government allows 2,500 officials and VIPs to travel without quarantine. The tournament is being held across 11 stadiums. Who’s got the biggest capacity (without Covid restrictions)?

Wembley: 90,000

Stadio Olimpico, Rome: 70,600

Allianz Arena, Munich: 70,000

Olympic Stadium, Baku: 68,700

Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg: 68,100

La Cartuja, Seville: 60,000

Puskas Arena, Budapest: 56,000

National Arena, Bucharest: 55,600

Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam: 55,000

Hampden Park, Glasgow: 51,900

Parken Stadium, Copenhagen: 38,100

Flying low?

Is the airline industry recovering from Covid? Seven-day moving average of flights:

20 June 2021: 86,379

20 June 2020: 46,731

20 June 2019: 122,285

The number of flights was lowest on 22 April 2020, when the seven-day average was 27,997 (compared with 112,311 on the same day in 2019).

Source: flightradar24.com

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