About the Royal Yacht
Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank on 16 April, 1953. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world. To Her Majesty The Queen, Britannia proved to be the perfect Royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, Royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays. For Great Britain, she was a majestic symbol of the Commonwealth and a proud ambassador. For the Royal Family and dedicated crew of Royal Yachtsmen, she was home.
A ship like no other
Britannia was the only ship in the world whose Captain traditionally was an Admiral. Nowhere on her side will you see her name, yet she is recognised around the world. She was built for the dual role of becoming a hospital ship if needed.
Special royal residence
Discover what a typical day aboard the Royal Yacht was like for The Queen. With Britannia playing such a major role in The Queen's life, it is clear why the Royal Yacht's decommissioning was so sad for her.
Britannia was launched on 16 April 1953 from John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank by HM The Queen.