A Personal Touch

Britannia was the one Royal residence for which both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had final say in its design. One of the most striking features was the understated elegance of the Royal Apartments, reflecting the austerity of the post-war period when Britannia was built. 

The choice of Britannia's signature blue paint on the hull was inspired by one of their wedding gifts, the Racing Yacht Bluebottle.

Royal Yacht Britannia - Drawing Room - Sun Lounge

1950s Design

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 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in this post-war period.