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Scotland, Edinburgh – A Walkthrough of Britannia Royal Yacht

Published: 7.12.2020
Edinburgh is a Scottish city with a radiant atmosphere from Harry Potter movies. Scotch whiskey and history must not be missed here. If you are already in Edinburgh, be sure not to miss a visit to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia. It is interesting to see how not only the royal family lived on the ship. Admission £ 17 per person is worth every penny, plus the audio guide's interpretation is in Czech.

The sailboat was launched as the last of the royal vessels in 1953. After its service, it has been moored on the shores of Edinburgh since 1997. The entrance is via the shopping center on the third floor. The tour is interesting, starting on the captain's bridge, you descend the decks from the upper to deep into the ship.

loď Britannia

It is impossible not to notice that we are accompanied by plush dogs in almost every cabin and room of the ship. Queen Elizabeth II is an animal lover. During her reign, she had so far over thirty Corgis dogs. The queen also bred a new breed called "dorgi", which is a cross between the Corgis breed and her sister Margaret's dachshund. In front of the ship are the cabins for the crew, in the rear of the ship are the cabins of His Royal Majesty. The interiors have been tastefully designed and furnished so that this "floating palace" resembles a country house and makes members of the royal family feel comfortable.

kajuty posádky   schodiště

History breathes on you from all parts of the ship. You can look into the royal family's private bedrooms, the queen's study, the reception room for visitors, the dining room, the galley or the infirmary with an operating room, as well as the laundry room and the engine room. In the display cases, you can admire the gifts from all over the world that the family has received. The service on the table is carefully prepared, just settle down. On the walls of other rooms are photographs of the royal family. During the tour we will learn a lot of interesting information. For example, that in the large reception room with a fireplace, the queen wanted a real fire, but according to maritime regulations, a lifeguard with a bucket full of sand would have to stand by the fireplace during heating. And so the queen was finally satisfied with the electric fireplace. There is even room on board for the Royal Rolls-Royce. It is common knowledge that Prince Charles also spent his honeymoon on the yacht and Princess Diana walked with him and sailed on the Mediterranean Sea. At the stern you can admire the ship's bell.

přijímací pokoj pro návštěvy   odpočinková místnost

ložnice královny   pracovna královny

slavnostní jídelna

In the end, a nice surprise awaits us in the restaurant, which is part of the ship. After a two-hour tour, we order coffee and serve it to us in an original way with a picture of the ship directly on the foam. It is also worth mentioning the souvenir shop, where you can buy a variety of gifts, toys or clothes with a nautical theme.

káva v restauraci

GPS: 55°58'57.1"N 3°10'36.4"W

Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová



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