A Personal Touch
Britannia was the one Royal residence for which both The Queen and Prince Philip had final say in its design. One of the most striking features was the under-stated elegance of the Royal Apartments, reflecting the austerity of the post-war period when Britannia was built.
The Queen and Prince Philip's inspiration for choosing Britannia's signature blue paint on the hull was inspired by one of their wedding gifts, the Racing Yacht Bluebottle.
Sir Hugh Casson was the designer of the Royal Apartments, who was originally invited to advise on the interior design after the initial plans from Glasgow-based firm, McInnes Gardner & Partners, were considered too lavish by The Queen and Prince Philip in this post-war period.
Royal Collection Trust
The majority of items on board Britannia today are the originals, including furniture, artefacts, paintings and photographs. These are kindly on loan from the Royal Collection. The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen, as Sovereign, for her successors and the Nation. It is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity.