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Since the restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660, the United Kingdom has had 83 Royal Yachts (25 belonged to Charles II himself). The last was the HMY Britannia belonging to Queen Elizabeth II. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, the Queen could no longer sail around in such luxury and in 1997 it was decommissioned.
However, the Royal Family’s loss is now the public’s gain. Britannia is now docked permanently at the port of Leith, just north of Edinburgh. A five-star visitor attraction has also been set up, and Royal fans and tourists alike can now tour the ship and enjoy a smidgen of “the good life”.
Interestingly, I found out later that the ship was actually designed to be converted to a hospital ship during times of war (if needed), and that there were plans in place to have it be the Queen’s floating nuclear bunker in the event of a nuclear attack. My favourite part of the ship was hanging out on the deck where Princess Diana reportedly spent a good deal of time conversing with the ship’s crew. Since the crew was not allowed to speak to the Royal Family, this was yet another illustration of how Diana could truly relate to the “common folk,” and why she probably never fit in that well with the Royal Family.
Unless you have your own Royal Yacht, I suggest you take the opportunity to tour HMY Britannia and live in (or at least look at) luxury for a few hours whenever you find yourself in Edinburgh Scotland.