TREASURED RECIPE: The Royal Yacht Britannia’s traditional Christmas Puddings

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TREASURED RECIPE: The Royal Yacht Britannia’s traditional Christmas Puddings

Although everyone is still basking in summer temperatures, preparations have already begun on board for Britannia's famous Christmas puddings! For sixty years the puddings have been made on board The Royal Yacht Britannia by Royal Chefs using their own treasured recipes. Following decades of tradition, the festive puddings are hand-made in the Royal Galley using the finest of ingredients - fit for The Queen.

The rich and fruity puddings prove to be a Britannia best-seller every year. Each Christmas pudding is beautifully wrapped in gold organza before being finished with Britannia ribbon and a decorative slice of orange. The luxurious puddings are made using a wonderful concoction of ingredients and are packed with juicy raisins, glacier cherries and orange zest, all soaked in Pussers rum.

While The Royal Yacht was in active 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 Main Galley during the tour of Spain in 1998 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.

Britannia's Christmas Puddings © Ruth ArmstrongBritannia's  Christmas pudding is available to buy online at or in Britannia's gift shop in Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh.

For more information please contact Britannia's Press & Marketing Team on 0131 555 8800 or email

1. Rated VisitScotland's Best Visitor Attraction, The Royal Yacht Britannia welcomes around 300,000 visitors every year.

2. 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.

3. To The Queen and the Royal Family, Britannia proved to be the perfect Royal residence for glittering state occasions, official receptions, honeymoons and for the Royal Family's annual two week holiday to the Western Isles of Scotland. 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.

4. 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.

5. Visitors can discover the heart and soul of Britannia with a tour of five decks. The experience begins in the Visitor Centre where visitors learn about Britannia'sfascinating story. Then step aboard with a 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 compact 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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