Royal Yachtsman 'Snaps' and current Photographer in Residence, Ruth Armstrong
Photography has always played an important role on Britannia. While she
was in service, there was always a Yottie appointed, nicknamed
'Snaps', to take photographs of life on board the Royal Yacht. In
keeping with this tradition, we now have our own Photographer in
Residence, Ruth Armstrong, who has been capturing snapshots of life
around the ship every week during the last few months. We're
delighted to bring you some of these in our weekly 'Snaps'
To see photographs of past events, including Britannia in dry dock,
see our Gallery
Page. If you would like to see photographs of Britannia when she was in
service, please see the Historical Gallery Page.
Ruth Armstrong www.rutharmstrongphotography.com.
1-7 March: Pancake Day, flags and visitors to
This week our Chefs were cooking up a treat, flipping pancakes on
a stove in the Tea Room. Ruth also captured
Britannia's visitors on the Verandah Deck, the grand piano
being tuned and our Janitor, Raymond, tending to the quayside
flowers and Rolls-Royce Garage.
We also have our Ladyship Mug and Coffee featured as Product of
the Month. With Mother's Day not far away, we thought they would
make the perfect gift for the Ladyship of your house. You can buy
them online here.
The Maintenance team have,
amongst many other jobs, continued their work on
Bloodhound this week and also raised Britannia's
three main flags in time for Spring.
22-28 February: A special visitor, new embroidery range
and sweet treats in the NAAFI.
This week, our Photographer in Residence captured a beautiful
guide dog puppy who visited with his trainer - we think he liked
our Royal Yachtsman statue!
Shop's stunning new Embroidery Collection also arrived this
week, inspired by the design in HM The Queen's bedroom. We also
captured some shots of the delicious sweet treats the NAAFI has on
offer on your tour.
The Maintenance team have been
busy as usual, working on a variety of tasks from
Bloodhound's decking, painting, designing a desk for the
new onboard reception office and fixing pipe work.
15-21 February: Half term at Britannia and
latest Maintenance update.
It's been a fantastic week welcoming lots of visitors on board
during half term. Ruth was on hand to take photographs for some of
our younger visitors and also captured some fantastic shots of the
new products that have only just arrived in our Gift
Shop, including sailor baby clothes and gorgeous new teddy
bears to buy. The Tea Room also has some popular new
additions to the menu, including a Tennent's Whisky Beer and Moët
Kir Royale cocktail. (Should you wish to purchase any of the shop
items please just give us a call on +44 (0)131 555 8811).
The Maintenance team are hard
at work on Royal Racing Yacht
Bloodhound as she undergoes essential restoration
work. Although not currently on display, you can watch a video of
her sailing here. Other members of the team were also
busy painting areas of the ship, working on panelling and new steps
for the lift tower that gives visitors the best access possible to
Britannia's five decks.
8-14 February: Britannia generations, family
fun and Valentine's fudge.
This week, we were delighted to welcome a work experience student
who has special ties with Britannia - her father served on
board as a Royal Yachtsman in the early 1990s! We also captured our
onboard Confectioner, Poppy, in the middle of making her
Valentine's Day fudge special - Strawberry Ripple. Some younger
visitors also enjoyed having their photograph taken on deck and by
our Royal Yachtsman statue!
The Maintenance team have also been busy this week taking the
Fast Motor Launch out for its weekly engine run. Scaffolding was
being built around Bloodhound for maintenance work. Work
also continued on the new reception office and Chart Room
1-7 February: Bloodhound maintenance, audio
tour languages and Valentine's in the Tea Room. We are
delighted that our audio tour is now available in 23 different
languages, with more to come this year. The Royal Deck Tea
Room has also been creative this week, mixing a delicious new
cocktail 'P.S. I love you' for Valentine's. Plus, Royal
Racing Yacht Bloodhound was lifted out of the water
just yesterday to undergo maintenance work. Click on the galleries
below to see the photos.
26-31 January: Our new Souvenir Guidebook is launched
and the Galley team prepare dinner for 96! We were
thrilled to launch our latest edition of the Official Souvenir
Guidebook this week. Full of new and exclusive photographs, the
guidebook gives a fascinating insight into Britannia's
historic journey, from being launched in 1953, to her life after
decommissioning. You can purchase it online here.
This week, Ruth also popped into the Galley as the Chefs were
preparing a wonderful menu for 96 guests that evening. We also got
some fabulous new coffee stencils in the Tea Room and captured some
'Snaps' of our visitors this week.
The Maintenance team have been working on various tasks this
week, from painting life belt crests, to sanding decks, fitting
bilge pumps and preparing Bloodhound for maintenance
18-25 January: Burns' Day and a focus on The Queen and
Duke's Studies. We're looking forward to celebrating Burns' Day in the
Royal Deck Tea Room this Saturday. Our Chefs have created a
delicious haggis, neeps and tatties special - perfect with a wee
dram of whisky! This week's 'Snaps' also follow our theme of interior design
detail on the Royal Yacht. Both HM The Queen and HRH The Duke
of Edinburgh's studies provide the focus this week in the
Meanwhile, the Maintenance team have been
working on various tasks throughout the ship, from securing new
signage for our visitors, to restoring life belts and keeping the
rain out of the lift tower!
11-17 January: Drawing Room details. This week,
we look at the stunning detail of many items on board
Britannia that are kindly on loan from the Royal Collection. 95%
of all items you see at the Royal Yacht are original to the
This week, we focus on the State Drawing Room and Anteroom,
which served as spaces both to relax and as reception rooms.
Architect Sir Hugh Casson worked in collaboration with The Queen
and The Duke of Edinburgh to provide the light, airy, restrained
interiors you see today. Both have the feel of a country house,
rather than anything too formal or ostentatious. You can read more
about Britannia style here.
This week, we also caught up with the Maintenance team as they
worked on the panelling and ventilation system in the new onboard
reception office. It would appear that the Marketing team took some
time making decisions about this space too from the photos! Head of
Maintenance, Derek, was also captured as he discussed new methods
for protecting the Royal Barge from the elements.
4-10 January: A busy port, Galley and Maintenance team
update. There are often many other ships in alongside
Britannia and this Tuesday was no different, with three
coming into port in one day! Christmas may only just be over, but
our Galley team have already been preparing for next year by making
over 1,800 of our famous Christmas
Meanwhile, the Maintenance team were
tackling rusting areas of the ship, working on piping and spray
painting the Baggage Store.
1-3 January: A busy year for the Tea Room. The
Tea Room has become a destination in itself since first opening
its doors in 2009 for visitors to the Royal Yacht. 2013 was its
busiest year to date and it is incredible when we look back at what
the team have served during that time - over 46,000 cups of tea,
1,500 glasses of Champagne, almost 40,000 scones and over 25,000
steaming bowls of hot soup to our guests. Made freshly on board in
the Galley, this week's 'Snaps' look go behind-the-scenes with our
Tea Room chefs.
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