The Collections

Grand Staircase clock

Grand staircase clock © Marc Millar

The majority of items on board Britannia today are the originals, including furniture, artefacts, paintings and photographs. Many were from previous Royal Yachts and were traditionally displayed on Britannia. These are kindly on loan to The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust from a number of collections.

Royal Collection

Unlike most art collections of national importance, works of art from the Royal Collection can be enjoyed in the historic settings for which they were originally commissioned. The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen, as Sovereign, for her successors and the Nation. It is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity.

Britannia Wardroom Officers' Trust

The Britannia Wardroom Officers' Trust has its own collection of artefacts on display, featuring stunning pieces of silverware. These include two silver Cromwellian urns dating back to 1909, and a silver Pegasus bowl depicting four previous Royal Yachts. Britannia's Officers gifted items for permanent display. Prince Charles is Patron of this Trust, along with Britannia's last Captain, Commodore Anthony Morrow, CVO.

Ministry of Defence Collection

Britannia has a number of artefacts on loan from the Ministry of Defence. They are primarily historical photographs, furniture, crockery, and pieces of naval equipment. These include Britannia's steering wheel which was originally on the sailing yacht HMY Britannia, built in 1893 for King Edward VII, and subsequently owned by King George V. The wheel is now on display in our Visitor Centre, where you can view it before your tour of Britannia.

Yottie Artefacts and Mementos

The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust also receives many items from Royal Yachtsmen that served on board, and is honoured to display these wherever possible.

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