As you are all no doubt aware, Britannia is celebrating her 60th Anniversary with a whole host of activities and entertainment this month - and we are incredibly excited that this special celebration is almost upon us!
Starting this Saturday, 13 April, we have a fantastic programme of events planned, from a vintage themed weekend, to a fireworks spectacular.
To help you join in the celebrations, we have compiled a definitive Anniversary itinerary, which you can see below.
Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 April: Vintage 1950s Themed Weekend
As the week of celebrations begin on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of April, prepare to be transported back into the 1950s, the era of Britannia's launch. Echoing the glamour of the decade, we are inviting visitors to come dressed in vintage 50s fashion, where there will be prizes of pink fizz for the best dressed visitors.
Live music will be performed in the State Drawing Room, on the same piano played by both Princess Diana and Princess Margaret. Vintage 50s and 60s Rolls Royce and Bentleys will line the quayside, and the Royal Deck Tea Room will be serving classics from the period, including a 'Manhattan Perfect' cocktail.
Tuesday, 16 April: The Anniversary
Tuesday 16th April is the big day itself - and to celebrate, there will be a special ceremony with two truly wonderful guests; Britannia's longest serving Royal Yachtsmen, Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO, RVM, and Albert 'Dixie' Deane MBE, RVM. Norrie served on board for 34 years, from 1954-1988 and was also a member of the original crew who served on The Queen's first tour of the Commonwealth aboard HMY BRITANNIA. At 2.15pm, the same time Britannia was launched from John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953, Norrie will raise a new flag to a bugle fanfare, which is being specially commissioned in honour of all those who served aboard Britannia.
Saturday 20 April: Fireworks Display
In celebration of 60 years since Britannia's launch, a magnificent fireworks display will light up the sky across the harbour. The display will take place at 9pm and can be viewed from the Ocean Kitchen & Bar Terrace in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.
Please note, Britannia will not be open in the evening for this event.
Sunday 21 April: Band Performance
To end a week of magnificent celebrations in true Britannia style, members of The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines will perform at 2pm on the quayside, stirring many memories from her illustrious past as she passes this momentous milestone.
The Gift Shop - 60th Anniversary Range
As well as this whole host of marvellous entertainment, we also have a range of specially commissioned gifts and china that you can purchase to help you remember Britannia's 60th Anniversary celebrations forever. You can discover our exclusive limited edition 60th Anniversary ranges, including 'The Diamond Collection' and our 'In Glorious Celebration' range, within our delightful Gift Shop, as well as on our Online Shop. We truly hope you can all join us over the next week or so at some of our special events, and help us celebrate 60 years of Britannia!
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