Great British ambassador
Britannia at sea
Britannia has helped The Queen become the most
travelled monarch the world has ever known. Not only did
Britannia travel the globe, but the world - its leaders -
have been entertained on board. From Sydney to Samoa, The
Queen's guests have been entertained just as they would be at a
Royal palace on British soil. During 44 years in Royal service
Britannia sailed the equivalent of once round the world
for each year, calling at over 600 ports in 135 countries.
For a state visit five tonnes of luggage, including everything
from The Queen's jewels to the famous bottles of Malvern water for
Her Majesty's tea, would be brought on board. With The Queen came
up to 45 members of the Royal Household, who together with
Britannia's Officers and Yachtsmen, ensured that each
visit ran like clockwork and that no detail was overlooked.
As well as hosting state functions, Britannia was an
ambassador for British business, promoting trade and industry
around the globe. The Overseas Trade Board estimated that £3
billion was made for the Exchequer as a result of commercial days
on Britannia between 1991 and 1995.
about Britannia's official visits
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