The Royal Yacht Britannia is celebrating 60 years since her launch in 1953 at the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank. To help mark the occasion 24 Lothian buses are touring Edinburgh promoting this much-loved and most majestic of ships.
Inspired by the 1950's and the days of glamorous travel, the Cunard-style adverts are successfully catching the attention of locals and tourists in Scotland's capital. The no.22 buses take passengers from the bustling city centre to the port of Leith where this former floating palace has been berthed for more than 15 years. Now rated as Scotland's best visitor attraction, visitors to Britannia are then invited to step back in time, follow in the footsteps of Royalty, and celebrate 60 years.
Visitors enjoy a unique insight into what life was like on board for the Royal Family and crew. Highlights include the magnificent State Apartments, the Honeymoon Suite, the cramped Crew's Quarters and the gleaming Engine Room. Visitors can also treat themselves to lunch, or tea and cake in the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room.
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Britannia sailed the oceans for nearly 44 years, travelling over a million nautical miles, calling at over 600 ports in 135 countries and generating excitement and admiration throughout the world.
To The Queen and the Royal Family, Britannia proved to be the perfect Royal residence for glittering state occasions, official receptions, honeymoons and the annual two week family holiday to the Western Isles of Scotland and The Queen famously described Britannia as "the one place I can truly relax". Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh took a leading role in the design of Britannia, personally approving plans and selecting furniture, fabrics and paintings. Each room was filled with their photographs, treasured heirlooms, and much-loved possessions and gifts from across the globe. Royal Collection own 95% of the items on board, including furniture, photographs, pictures and artefacts, and these are the original pieces which were in place when the yacht was in service.
No matter where Britannia was in the world, however exotic or remote, stepping back on board was always a homecoming for The Queen. Berthed in Edinburgh, and now rated as Scotland's best visitor attraction, visitors to Britannia are invited to step back in time, follow in the footsteps of Royalty, and celebrate 60 years of this much loved and most majestic of ships.
Visitors can discover the heart and soul of Britannia with a tour of five decks. The experience begins in the Visitor Centre where you learn about Britannia's fascinating story. Then step aboard with your complimentary self-led audio handset, which gives a unique insight into what life was like on board for the Royal Family and crew. Highlights include the magnificent State Apartments, the Honeymoon Suite, the cramped Crew's Quarters and the gleaming Engine Room. Visitors can also treat themselves to lunch, or tea and cake in the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room.
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