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Admiral Woodard by Britannia's Binnacle.

Rear Admiral Sir Admiral Woodard KCVO DL

When a sailor became a Royal Yachtsman on Britannia, he entered a world quite unlike any other in the Royal Navy. His orders were nothing less than to 'strive daily for perfection'. Each man was hand-picked to meet the very highest standards, and each and every one chose this special ship for the honour and privilege of serving Queen and country. As this was the Royal Yacht, unique customs and practices were in operation. 

Every measure was taken to preserve royal tranquillity - orders were given by hand signal, soft-soled white plimsolls were worn to reduce noise, and any work near the Royal Apartments had to be completed by 8.00am. The crew were to be as unobtrusive as possible, and if a Yachtsman did encounter a member of the Royal Family, he had to stand still and look straight ahead until they had passed. Formalities were relaxed on occasion, such as when the Yotties performed in end of voyage 'Concert Parties' in front of the Royal Family or during the Western Isles holidays. 

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