Tuesday, September 8, 2009

HMY Britannia

Thursday we packed up and left Mortonhall, driving through Edinburgh to its port of Leith, to tour Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, now permanently berthed there. Britannia was in commission from 1954 to 1997 and carried the Queen and family members to a variety of official and holiday destinations, as far as Australia, as near as the Western Isles. Touring the ship provided a rare glimpse into more casual moments of royalty as well as a sense of personal tastes and interests. The Britannia was manned by a crew of 240, Royal Navy and Marines, and commanded by an admiral.
A painting of HMY Britannia
The Queen's stateroom

The Queen's office/study
The state dining room
Sitting room
Family photo aboard ship; one of many

The Royal Barge (44 feet)
Strangely enough, the American movie replica of HMS
Bounty was nearby

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