We were honoured that Britannia's own Royal Barge and Escort Boats were invited to play such a special role in Her Majesty's Jubilee Pageant on 3 June. For the first time in over 15 years, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, started their pageant journey by stepping aboard the Royal Barge they once used so often around the world. Named the Britannia tender for the pageant, the Royal guests were escorted from Chelsea Harbour to Cadogan Pier, by the same Royal Yachtsmen who served aboard when Britannia was in service.
Royal guest arrangements
After 14 years on display, Britannia's maintenance team, working alongside the Royal Yachtsmen (or Yotties as they're affectionately known), were tasked with making all three boats sea-worthy again. Each boat was lifted on a cradle to undergo electrical, mechanical and aesthetical work, ensuring they were refurbished from top to bottom and in immaculate condition for their Royal guests. The final stage of preparations took place during Britannia's Yotties Week, as all three boats underwent successful sea trials. After a few final finishing touches, the boats were in immaculate condition to be transported in convoy down to London for the pageant.
Following its appearance at the pageant, the Royal Barge had a wonderful welcome home as visitors lined Britannia's decks, waving and cheering as she was craned back into position.
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