Celebrating 60 glorious years of Britannia: Royal Yachtsmen, Royal Marines and Fireworks Display

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Celebrating 60 glorious years of Britannia: Royal Yachtsmen, Royal Marines and Fireworks Display

What a great week! There's been such a wonderful atmosphere here aboard Britannia, celebrating 60 years since her launch in 1953. The celebrations began with a 1950s vintage weekend, taking visitors back to the era of her launch. On the Anniversary date itself, 16 April, we welcomed back the longest serving Royal Yachtsmen ('Yotties') Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO, RVM, and Albert 'Dixie' Deane MBE, RVM, who raised a new flag in honour of all those who served aboard.

The press turned out for the ceremony and were even caught on camera by our Photographer in Residence! To end the week of 60th Anniversary celebrations in true Britannia style, members of the Royal Marines returned to the Royal Yacht to perform a spectacular drum corps 'Mess Beating' on the Verandah Deck. A stunning fireworks then took place across the waterfront, lighting up the sky and enjoyed by many. Here are some photos from the events:

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