A floating nursery
David Linley, Prince Edward & Sarah Linley in the bow of a Jolly Boat
Royal children loved spending time aboard Britannia. As
Princess Anne fondly remembers, 'We found as children that there
was so much to do, we expended so much energy that we couldn't
describe our time on the Yacht as a rest'.
Fun and games
Each Royal child was allocated a member of crew as their 'Sea
Daddy' to look after them and keep them entertained. There were
endless games: treasure hunts, picnics and water fights. On warmer
days they could splash about in an inflatable paddling pool on the
Verandah Deck. Sometimes they were also allowed to visit the
onboard NAAFI shop to buy sweets.
During the Western Isles tours the Royal children delighted in
picnics ashore on many of the beautiful, remote islands.
All hands on deck
Royal children had their chores to do on Britannia too,
including cleaning life rafts and occasionally helping to steer the
Royal Yacht. In the Royal Galley, they also helped stir the ship's
enormous Christmas pudding.
The Royal children ate meals separately from the adults. This
would allow them, even at an early age, to learn about formality
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