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A classic motorboat first owned by Prince Philip—Queen Elizabeth’s late husband of 73 years and a keen sailor—will be auctioned off in the United Kingdom next month.

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Philip drove the 1956 Albatross MkIII Super Sports Runabout for more than 30 years, according to auction house Bonhams, and the speedboat was carried aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for more than 10 years.

The boat was featured in a now-famous photograph of Philip and his first son Prince Charles taking part in a 1958 race in Cowes on the Isle of Wight: The photo was used in thank you cards issued by Charles in response to condolence messages he received after Philip’s death last year.

In 1967 the boat was moved to Balmoral Estate, the queen’s private Scotland holiday home, where the late Princess Diana is said to have driven it, according to Bonhams.

The Albatross was decommissioned in 1987 and remains in good unrestored conditionaccording to Bonhams, and it retains its original Ford 100E engine.

The auction will take place April 10 in Chichester, England, where the speedboat is estimated to bring in between roughly $26,000 and $39,000.

Albatross Marine boats were very popular with distinguished clienteleaccording to Bonhams, and celebrities who owned the boats included French actress Brigitte Bardot, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis and Prince Rainier of Monaco, who owned six at one time.