A massive three-master equipped with a powerful steam turbine, the HMY Britannia was once a state-of-the-art vessel of the British Royal Navy. Primarily functioning as a Royal Yacht, it once carried various members of the British royal family and other dignitaries to numerous locations all over the world. Although the HMY Britannia was designed to be convertible into a hospital ship in war-times, it only sporadically saw alternative use — such as when it in 1986 evacuated over a thousand refugees from the civil war in Aden.  It remained in service from its launch in 1953 to its decommissioning in 1997, after its last voyage to return the last governor of Hong Kong and the Prince of Wales to England following the handover of Hong Kong to China.

Since its retirement it has been permanently moored in the historical Port of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. There it is open to the public as an exhibition ship and tourist attraction. Apart from showcasing the typical features of a ship of her class, visitors can expect to get a look at the Queen’s Bedroom, the State Dining Room and the Royal Deck Tea Room, among other things. A Rolls-Royce Phantom V state car previously owned and used by the royal family is also onboard, on display in a for the purpose specially designed garage.

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