Our Gift Shop sells thousands of wonderful gifts and souvenirs, with so many drawing inspiration from Britannia, her interiors and history. This week, we wanted to tell you the story behind the delicious Christmas Pudding that is one of our best sellers and also given to guests at our Christmas evening events.
Although Christmas is only just upon us, our team of Chefs have been preparing for months, making thousands of puddings in the original Royal Galley. This has been a tradition on board Britannia for over 60 years, with each Royal Chef using their own treasured recipe.
While The Royal Yacht was in service, the inspection and stirring of Britannia's Christmas pudding was a time-honoured and informal tradition. It was stirred by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Galley during the tour of Spain in 1988 and by the Prince of Wales during the tour of Hong Kong in 1989, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1990.
Princes William and Harry took their turn in 1991 during an official tour of Canada. The luxurious mixture is made using a wonderful concoction of ingredients, packed with juicy raisins, glacier cherries and orange zest, all soaked in Pussers rum. Each pudding is beautifully wrapped in gold organza before being finished with Britannia ribbon and a decorative slice of orange.
This year, our Senior Event Manager, Diane McRae, took the honour of inspecting the pudding with our Chefs. To buy your own Christmas Pudding, we still have a few available online and in our Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal. If you're looking to do a spot of Christmas Shopping, please do join us for our Christmas Shopping (25% off!) and Seasonal Tastings event on Thursday, 28th November. You can read more about it here.
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