Prince and Princess of Wales on their honeymoon © PA
Britannia was an ideal Royal honeymoon venue. The Royal
Yacht was very private and could sail to secluded locations. Four
Royal honeymoons were enjoyed on board:
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
In 1960, the newly-wed Princess Margaret and Antony
Armstrong-Jones used the Royal Yacht for their Caribbean honeymoon.
Britannia's Admiral issued instructions that the couple
were to have complete privacy. Princess Margaret kept mainly to the
Royal Apartments and all meals were very formal, with dinner eaten
in full evening dress.
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
The Queen offered Britannia to her daughter, Princess
Anne, for her honeymoon with Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. Their
cruise around Barbados and the Caribbean was distrupted by violent
storms with 20-foot high waves. For most of the first week the
Royal couple suffered from severe seasickness. Thankfully the
weather improved, but Britannia was pursued relentlessly
by press wherever they went.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
In 1981, the Prince and Princess of Wales departed for their
16-day honeymoon around the Mediterranean. It was much more
informal than previous Royal honeymoons with plans made daily,
rather than a set route. They enjoyed beach barbecues and picnics
on Greek Islands. This time Britannia managed to maintain
the Royal couple's privacy and was dubbed 'the Ghost ship' by
Duke and Duchess of York
The final Royal honeymoon aboard Britannia was in 1986,
when Prince Andrew took his new bride to the Azores. Again,
photographers were kept at a distance so the couple could relax.
They visited isolated islands, some of which were only accessible
by rubber dinghy.
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