The Royal Yacht Britannia
Her Majesty's Royal Yacht Britannia was the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth and is now a tourist attraction. It was decommissioned in 1997 but during it's working life it carried out 696 foreign visits and 272 in English waters carried the Queen, other members of the Royal family and dignitaries. It could also be converted to a Hospital ship in times of conflict. This weekend is 60th Anniversary of it's launch when we visited Scotland last June we visit its and I suddenly remembered I had not shared this with you!
It was a very wet day in Edinburgh and I have always been curious to see the ship, my OH wasn't that keen but agreed to tag along! It was so wet that this in the only photo we have of the outside of the vessel!
We were surprised how homely and welcoming it felt. Maybe it was because the decor was very 50's and 60's (classified as vintage these days!)
|The dining room where state occasions were held while aboard|
|The Queen's bedroom|
|Accomodation for the Royal Marines was a bit more cramped!|
|The laundry room - where lots of washing took place - the staff had to change their uniforms up to 3 times a day!|
|The operating theatre|
|My OH did end up with a smile on his face!|