The Royal Yacht Britannia is delighted to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen's former floating palace, has a long history of entertaining generations of Royal children on board. The nursery for Royal babies was located in the Royal Apartments and was used for both Princes William and Harry when travelling on board with their parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The Royal Family's annual summer holiday on Britannia took them to the beautiful Western Isles of Scotland. Landing on remote beaches gave Her Majesty private time to relax with her family, away from official duties.
Many family picnics were enjoyed and each Royal child was allocated a member of the crew known as their 'Sea Daddy'. Their responsibility was to look after the Royal children and keep them entertained, creating endless games, treasure hunts and water fights!
They even created a slide from the Royal Deck, down to the Verandah Deck, where an inflatable paddling pool could be found on warmer days. On occasion, they were allowed to visit the onboard NAAFI shop to buy sweets. Royal children also had their chores to do on board Britannia.
This included anything from cleaning life rafts to occasionally helping steer the Royal Yacht. In the Royal Galley, they also helped stir the ship's enormous Christmas pudding mixture. As The Princess Royal fondly remembers: 'We found as children that there was so much to do, we expended so much energy that we couldn't describe out time on the Yacht as a rest.
Prince Charles recently reminisced about his own time on board as a child in the documentary 'A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by the Prince of Wales' (BBC ONE).
It is a wonderful programme to watch in full, but should you wish to see the Royal children aboard Britannia (including the fantastic slide!), you will find this footage from 30.28-35.50 minutes and 49.20-51.0 minutes.
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