Life Aboard a Royal Yacht

Rena George Days Out, Scotland 8 Comments

If you have ever wondered what The Queen’s bedroom looked like, then wonder no more. For here it is in all its glory – and it’s titchy. But then it’s not exactly a bedroom, more a luxurious cabin on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.


I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for some time. I took them on a recent visit to the yacht, which is now a tourist attraction, berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith, just outside Edinburgh.

It is definitely worth a visit, if only to see how the other half lived.


You can just imagine Charles and Diana, in their day, and the rest of the family gathering in this gorgeous room for cocktails before dinner.


And speaking of dinner…well, I hardly have to explain the above picture. It’s the royal yacht’s fabulous dining room, with its gleaming cutlery and sparkling crystal, says it all. No Tandoori takeaways in here I’m guessing.


And this fabulous sweeping staircase is where The Queen would enter to greet her guests.


I have no idea who that lady is, but she’s standing at the bar where the ship’s officers would relax after a hard day running the vessel.


Below stairs – not quite so glam! This cramped space is where the Band of the Royal Marines’ musicians laid down their heads every night.

If you’re feeling really flush, and have a big function to organise, you can always hire out some of these grand rooms and live like a queen for a day.

Happy dreaming everyone,

Rena, x


Comments 8

  1. Lovely photos Rena and that lady at the bar looks remarkably like my mother-in-law as she was a few years ago. She is Scottish but I don’t think she has been up that way of late!
    There is always something quite sad about an empty room that once buzzed with life, I think.I remember visiting Queen Victoria’s home on the Isle of Wight (very close to us) and had the same feeling. A lovely piece of nostalgia, thank you 🙂

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      Aw, shame. It would have been lovely if that lady had been your mum-in-law, Deborah.
      I agree about the nostalgia of empty rooms that once buzzed with life, but I didn’t feel these rooms on Britannia had actually lost that buzz. It was more like the people who once inhabited them had just stepped out for a minute. X

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      I know exactly what you mean, Teresa. That’s why I took that particular picture. I felt very uncomfortable about those band members who had to cope with such mean, cramped conditions. X

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      It’s really interesting, Rosemary, that amid all those photos of gorgeous, luxurious living, the thing everyone comments on is the somewhat mean facilities those poor musicians had to put up with. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it? x

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