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Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Royal Yacht Britannia

We arrived in Ednburgh on the evening of 28 June.  The following morning, Jean and I stepped aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is permanently moored in Edinburgh's harbour.  The Yacht was launched in 1953 and remained one of the Queen's homes until it was decommissioned in 1997, having sailed more than a million miles around the world.
The experience of seeing the Britannia includes an exhibition in the building alongside which the Yacht is anchored.  A lot of information and pictures adorn the walls of the exhibition.  Here, we see a model of the Yacht.
We took an audio tour of the Yacht, which started out on the Bridge.
At the stern is the former private area of the Royal Family.
Very near the private deck is the Sun Lounge (above) where the Queen liked to sit and take tea.

Just above the private deck is now a tea room where Jean and I took tea...
We had scones, jam and clotted cream on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The above is the Grand Dining Room, where the Queen entertained many notable dignitaries down through the years, including Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Bill Clinton.
This was the Queen's bedroom.  We were amazed at the lack of luxury.  Nearby was the Duke's bedroom.
The above is the drawing room.  It was both a private retreat for the Royals but also served to entertain guests of the Queen.

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