A Floating Palace
Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland, on 16 April, 1953. For over 44 years the Royal Yacht served the Royal Family, travelling more than a million nautical miles to become one of the most famous ships in the world. To Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia provided the perfect Royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, Royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays. For Great Britain, she was a majestic symbol of the Commonwealth and a proud ambassador generating billions of pounds in trade deals. For the Royal Family and 220 dedicated crew of Royal Yachtsmen, she was home.
Today, Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening events venue in Edinburgh.
Start at the Bridge, explore the State Apartments, Crew's Quarters and finish at the Engine Room.
View The Royal Residence
Discover why Britannia was so special for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.
Glance Below Decks
Find out about life on the ocean wave for the crew, the Royal Yachtsmen, also know as the ‘Yotties’.