60 Years of Britannia
"I name this ship BRITANNIA, I wish success to her and to all who sail in her"
- Her Majesty The Queen, 16 April 1953
Britannia's 60th Anniversary
On 16 April,1953, Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank, the start of a long and illustrious career.
The 60th Anniversary was celebrated with a week of celebrations in April 2013, which included a vintage 50s themed weekend and complimentary cake and tots of rum. Visitors were invited to get into the spirit of this glamorous era, with Britannia's own label pink fizz awarded to the best dressed.
Commemorative ceremony 16 April 2013
Two very special guests were welcomed back on board to mark the occasion: Britannia's longest serving Royal Yachtsmen, Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO RVM, and Albert 'Dixie' Deane, MBE, RVM. Norrie is Britannia's longest serving Royal Yachtsman, having served on board for 34 years, from 1954-1988. He was also a member of the original crew who served on The Queen's first tour of the Commonwealth aboard HMY BRITANNIA.
At 2.15pm, the same time Britannia was launched, Norrie and Dixie raised a new flag which was specially commissioned in honour of all those who served aboard Britannia.
On Saturday, 20 April, a spectacular fireworks display took place across the harbour to celebrate 60 years of Britannia, and on Sunday 21 April, drummers from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines performed on the Verandah Deck.
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60th Anniversary Range
Britannia's delightful Gift Shop has created exclusive
collections in celebration of this historic event.
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