Early on in the new series of The Crown, we find the Duke of Edinburgh on board the Royal Yacht in 1956. Cruising appears to be one of the royals’ preferred ways to honeymoon. Although the world was familiar with Dr Wilson’s beautiful watercolours of his time with Captain Scott’s DISCOVERY and TERRA NOVA expeditions, Ted Seago would probably be the first professional painter to visit the continent. Britannia welcomes over 390,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Officials and dignitaries from the Port of Leith stand nervously on the quayside of the Caledonia Flour Mills awaiting her Majesty's arrival. One idea above all others has been the mainspring of this journey. On Christmas Day in 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh was away from home on a voyage around the Commonwealth on BRITANNIA. Following naval tradition, Gibson was dressed as the admiral in full fig and between them HRH, “Vice Admiral” Gibson and the Rounds Party visited every messdeck where they were welcomed with a traditional tot of rum. All great religions have such times of renewal, moments to take stock before moving on to face the challenges which lie ahead. The boat … We are forever grateful to all those who put themselves at risk to keep us safe. It housed the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was in Melbourne to open the event. On the voyage back to England he will call at some of the least accessible parts of the world, those islands of the South Atlantic separated from us by immense stretches of the ocean, yet linked to us with bonds of brotherhood and trust. Nowadays, my grandchildren come here for the same family festival. Neither the long and troubled centuries that have passed since that child was born, nor the complex scientific developments of our age, have done anything to dim the simple joy and bright hope we all feel when we celebrate his birthday. Royal Marines lined up on deck. Your commitment and loyalty to one another, and to society more widely, is ultimately what keeps you strong. Queen blamed Major for royal yacht fiasco. Then came a well attended church service in the Royal Dining Room followed by Messdeck Rounds led by Prince Philip and Steward Gibson, the youngest Yachtsman onboard. You will understand me, therefore, when I tell you that of all the voices we have heard this afternoon none has given my children and myself greater joy than that of my husband. Every image on this website is protected by either Artist’s Copyright or Maritime Prints’ Publication Right. We talk of ourselves as a "family of nations", and perhaps our relations with one another are not so very different from those which exist between members of any family. The northerly passage continued with a quick visit to Deception Island; then it was to the South Shetlands where the Yacht anchored in Admiralty Bay before weighing and making passage to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Whilst no image may therefore be reproduced without authorisation from Maritime Prints (who in turn will often have to apply for that permission from the artist or artist’s estate) every effort will be made to accommodate requests if they are for other websites wishing to promote these images. Thick fog shrouded the ships as they felt their way up the SW coast of Graham Land but by the time the Royal Squadron had reached Anvers Island it was bright sunshine and all were able to see the high snow covered peaks and glaciers that surrounded them. In the United Kingdom we have our own particular sorrows in Northern Ireland and I want to send a special message of sympathy to all those men, women and children who have suffered and endured so much. 19th century. After their coming together in holy matrimony at Westminster Abbey in 1986, the now-divorced couple took a flight to the Azores Islands off Portugal and then went sailing around the Atlantic on the royal yacht Britannia. Now wearing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Standard, HMY visited the Seychelles, Langkawi Island and Penang and after Prince Philip’s dinner party onboard at Port Swettenham for the rulers of the Malay Sates, the Royal Yacht made a floodlight departure for Australia. - See 22,091 traveler reviews, 9,651 candid photos, and great deals for Edinburgh, UK, at Tripadvisor. Royal standard. For Christmas marks a moment to pause, to reflect and believe in the possibilities of rebirth and renewal. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. In 1956, Philip set out without the Queen on a forty-thousand-mile itinerary to the South Pacific on the Royal Yacht Britannia. While Prince Philip was aboard the royal yacht Britannia for his five-month tour in 1956, newspapers speculated that the queen’s husband welcomed women onboard with him. In London, the HMS Belfast plays Prince Philip’s home for five months as he tours the far corners of the Commonwealth on the royal yacht, opening the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and visiting Papua New Guinea. WATERLOO STATION. Prince Philip spoke on the radio from the Royal yacht before The Queen made her broadcast live from her study in Sandringham, Norfolk. For every poppy a life; and a reminder of the grief of loved ones left behind. LV. Royal yacht with bunting being lowered. TRAINS. In the show Princess Margaret says, “It’s not a royal tour, it’s a five-month stag night.” Troops giving three cheers (natural sound). This December we are looking back not just on one year, but on a hundred years and a thousand years. A wonderful sense of occasion imbues this colourful record of the Queen's visit to Leith in 1956 in the Royal Yacht Britannia. P/Charles & P/Anne arrive at Waterloo Station (to join the Yacht Britannia to go up North 1956) seen shaking hands also shot of guard signaling the train away. Then Christmas comes, and once again we are reminded that people matter, and it is our relationship with one another that is most important. Her Majesty’s Yacht BRITANNIA (Vice Admiral Sir Conolly Abel Smith, KCVO CB, Flag Officer Royal Yachts) sailed for Royal Duty from Portsmouth on 28th August 1956. ALL IMAGES ARE IN COPYRIGHT. A speech by The Queen at the Inauguration of the General Synod, 2015, A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Jewish Care's 25th Anniversary Dinner, A speech by The Queen at Lambeth Palace, 2012, A speech by The Queen at the General Synod Inauguration, 2010, A speech by The Queen during the Papal Visit, 2010, Opening ceremony, eighth General Synod of the Church of England, 15 Nov 2005. On the return journey visits were made to the Maldive Islands, the Seychelles and Mauritius, where the royal family disembarked. John Major dithered over replacing Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia amid fears of a backlash in the wake of two high-profile Royal divorces, newly declassified papers reveal. If, as its Head, I can make any real personal contribution towards its progress, it must surely be to promote its unity. The images are all taken during the Olympic Games held in Melbourne in November and December, 1956. The origins of HM Yacht Britannia date back to 1938 yet it was not until 5th February 1952 that the Clydeside yard John Brown & Co Ltd was awarded the building contract. Such friendship is a gift for which we are truly and rightly grateful. Royal Yacht Britannia: It's great. The royal yacht is most often manned by personnel from the navy and used by the monarch and his/her family on both private and official travels. Back at sea again the last iceberg was sighted on Monday 14th January and then it was Gough Island on 16th January followed by Tristan de Cunha, St Helena, Ascension Island, Bathurst for a 3 day visit to Gambia and finally, on 6th February, HM Dockyard Gibraltar where Prince Philip brought the Yacht alongside himself where his two guests departed. Perfect seasonal timing produced the first iceberg on Boxing Day with more to come the next day; then it was another lengthy and rough fuelling at sea with WAVE CHIEF and on 29th December the Ice Patrol Ship HMS PROTECTOR (Captain Peter Mitchell RN) relieved WAVE CHIEF as Royal Escort. Particularly on this day of the family festival let us remember those who - like the Holy Family before them - have been driven from their homes by war or violence. Once again messages of Christmas greeting have been exchanged around the world. I hope that all of us lucky enough to be able to enjoy such gatherings this Christmas will take time to count our blessings. From all parts of the Commonwealth, and from the remote and lonely spaces of Antarctica, words and thoughts, taking their inspiration from the birth of the child in Bethlehem long ago, have been carried between us upon the invisible wings of twentieth-century science. The Royal Yacht Britannia is Leith's most popular attraction. Though we each lead different lives, the experience of growing older, and the joys and emotions which it brings, are familiar to us all. Yet my husband's absence at this time has made me even more aware than I was before of my own good fortune in being one of a united family. We all know that these are not always easy, for there is no law within a family which binds its members to think, or act, or be alike. Here Prince Philip, his Secretary Lieutenant Commander Mike Parker, and Admiral Abel Smith rode in the annual Sailors Race, HRH winning by a good nose! oil on board signed lower right. That joy and hope find their most complete fulfilment within the loving circle of a united family. NORTH ATLANTIC: Took part, in April, in a NATO exercise off the Portuguese coast. It is through this lens of history that we should view the conflicts of today, and so give us hope for tomorrow. When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. My message today is one of encouragement and hope. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Prince Philip travelled in the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1956 to Australia, Antarctica and beyond for several months without Queen Elizabeth. But I cannot think of any Christmas of my reign when the message of the angels has been more apt. A royal yacht is a ship used by a monarch or a royal family. Grand pianos, the royal barge, state banquet silver and china, the Royal Marine band’s instruments - all and much more had to be stowed and lashed down especially carefully. History. At the heart of our faith stand not a preoccupation with our own welfare and comfort but the concepts of service and of sacrifice. Feb 21, 2018 - In service from 1954---1997. St. Paul reminds us that all Christians, as ambassadors for Christ, are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation. On 21st December BRITANNIA refuelled at sea with the fleet tanker RFAWAVE CHIEF, a deck hockey match on the verandah deck 2 days later was abandoned in of a snow storm, and on Christmas Day, in a sea that had by now become rough, Prince Philip made a live speech on the BBC’s ‘Christmas Day broadcast from around the World’. Everyone is our neighbour, no matter what race, creed or colour. The Royal Squadron crossed the Antarctic Circle on the last day of 1956, all onboard were given a red nose certificate designed by HRH and Ted Seago, and Prince Philip went across from BRITANNIA to the deck of a whale catcher by fishing basket! And finally to Britannia, Britain's last royal yacht, pictured here being watched by the late Queen Mother and Countess of Snowdon in 1954. When limitless amounts of information, much of it ephemeral, are instantly accessible on demand, there is a renewed hunger for that which endures and gives meaning. Queen standing on dais. With that consciousness in mind, I would like to send a special message of hope and encouragement to all who are not so blessed, or for any reason cannot be with those they love today: to the sick who cannot be at home; to all who serve their country in foreign lands, or whose duty keeps them upon the oceans; and to every man or woman whose destiny it is to walk through life alone. A new official history of Britannia says the former Tory premier failed to show leadership when it came to ordering a replacement. The Yacht arrived in Lyttleton, New Zealand, on 15th December and shortly afterwards she sailed for The Chatham Islands. In all such differences, however, there comes a moment when, for the sake of ultimate harmony, the healing power of tolerance, comradeship and love must be allowed to play its part. On Christmas Day in 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh was away from home on a voyage around the Commonwealth on BRITANNIA. That each one of us should give this power a chance to do its work is my heartfelt message to you all upon this Christmas Day. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of donors and subscribers, great and small, who give so willingly and often towards the enjoyment of others. Being united - that is, feeling a unity of purpose - is the glue that bonds together the members of a family, a country, a Commonwealth. He had been a camouflage officer during the war and had enjoyed painting with such senior soldiers as Sir Claude Auchinleck and Sir Harold Alexander: “Alex” had made Seago his personal war artist during the Italian campaign. Let us remember this during our festivities, for it is part of the Christmas message - "Goodwill toward men". The British Foreign Office reported that Queen Elizabeth II's royal yacht Britannia, with the help of a Soviet merchant ship, was using launches to ferry evacuees from beaches. No purpose comes nearer to my own desires, for I believe that the way in which our Commonwealth is developing represents one of the most hopeful and imaginative experiments in international affairs that the world has ever seen. Happy Christmas from us all.". He also had to ensure that the Yacht was well and truly secured for the very heavy weather that was expected ahead. Christmas dinner and party games for all followed as BRITANNIA rolled and pitched her way southwards. At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. FRANCE: In May made the passage to and from Rouen to embark the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh after the royal tour of France. Separation at this time is especially hard to bear. The two guests he had invited for the Southern Ocean leg of the journey now joined the Yacht: Sir Raymond Priestley, Acting Director of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, was a distinguished explorer who had been on expeditions south with both Shackleton and Scott and Edward Seago, the artist, was already well known to the Royal Family. So, our Commonwealth hearth becomes more precious than ever before by the contrast between its homely security and the storm which sometimes seems to be brewing outside, in the darkness of uncertainty and doubt that envelops the whole world. In the state drawing room, where the Queen entertained foreign dignitaries in port and gathered with her family at sea, there is a set of furniture that was a gift from the Swedish royal family in 1956. Rated as one of the top 5 tourist attractions in the UK, this is truly a must-visit place. LV. The Royal Yacht then carried the Princess to Dar-es-Salaam via Aldabra Island, Assumption, the Farquar Islands and Zanzibar and here Princess Margaret disembarked to continue with her East African Tour whilst BRITANNIA sailed again for Mombasa to await the arrival of HRH Prince Philip on 16th October. Miscellaneous. SV. On his journey he has returned to many places that we have already visited together, and he has been to others that I have never seen. LV. To him I say: "From all the members of the family gathered here today our very best good wishes go out to you and to every one on board Britannia, as you voyage together in the far Southern seas. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. If my husband cannot be at home on Christmas Day, I could not wish for a better reason than that he should be travelling in other parts of the Commonwealth. Nine days later BRITANNIA arrived at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and then whilst Prince Philip undertook official engagements ashore, she visited Brisbane and Sydney before arriving in the Yarra River, Melbourne on 29th November in time for Prince Philip’s re-embarkation and his opening of the XVIth Olympic Games. ... BRITANNIA anchored as close as possible off the beach and was quickly involved in the rescue effort with Soviet ships. CV. When she was decommissioned in 1997, it marked the end of a long tradition of British Royal Yachts, dating back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II. It is the wish to foster, and advance, concord and understanding within the Commonwealth. With deteriorating relations between the British and Egyptian governments ruling out passage through the Mediterranean and Suez canal, the Yacht did the long haul, sailing via Freetown, Luanda, Cape Town and Mombasa where, on 22 September , the Standard of HRH The Princess Margaret was broken out. Inside Britannia’s royal apartments, the modern world is forgotten.The Queen launched the ship in 1953 and the interiors reflect the aesthetic of the early decades of her reign. I remember my own childhood Christmases here, with my father and mother, and a great family gathering, and now I delight in seeing my children and grandchildren enjoying the same traditions. We call them 'refugees': let us give them a true refuge: let us see that for them and their children there is room at the Inn. 1956 Vintage Press Photo by CECIL BEATON British Princess Margaret poses • $12.99. The Royal Yacht Britannia leaving Portsmouth with The Royal Family on board for their traditional cruise around the western isles of Scotland ... Edward Ford about the Suez Crisis in 1956… Her Majesty’s Yacht BRITANNIA (Vice Admiral Sir Conolly Abel Smith, KCVO CB, Flag Officer Royal Yachts) sailed for Royal Duty from Portsmouth on 28th August 1956. I accept payment via PayPal, UK bank tranfer & cheques. Great Britain has had a very strong connection with the seas and oceans for centuries. Image 3: A certificate designed by The Duke of Edinburgh and the artist Edward Seago to mark the Royal Yacht Britannia’s crossing of the Antarctic Circle Image 4: The Duke of Edinburgh in 1963 with the celebrated British ornithologist Sir Peter Scott, and Minnie, a Bronze Winged Duck Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 1956 BBCTV 11.00am A Family Service from Warwick Road Congregational Church, Coventry uniting with the Queen's Road Baptist Church 2.55pm His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (sound only) speaking from the Royal Yacht Britannia … GV. Neither the long and troubled centuries that have passed since that child was born, nor the complex scientific developments of our age, have done anything to dim the simple joy and bright hope we all feel when we celebrate his birthday. I first came here for Christmas as a grandchild. Queen of the World: Chef reveals how Queen altered yacht menu. Queen and Prince Philip on the bridge. Website design by Flaydemouse in Yeovil, Somerset. Your Holiness, your presence here today reminds us of our common Christian heritage, and of the Christian contribution to the encouragement of world peace. See all 10 Royal Yacht Britannia tickets and tours on Tripadvisor. LV. The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA evacuating personnel off Little Aden, January 1986 (MP442). I can think of no better resolve to make, nor any better day on which to make it. To see British and Russian veterans standing together, in memory of the sacrifices of their comrades-in-arms, was a moving experience. The first member of the Royal Family to visit Australia was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, son of Queen Victoria, in 1867, during his 'round-the-world voyage.Stops were made at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.The Duke was shot by Henry James O'Farrell in an assassination attempt while picnicking on the beach in the Sydney suburb of Clontarf, on 12 March 1868. Royal yacht Britannia. One of a set of 147 35mm Kodachrome slides donated to the Museum in 1987. Once again messages of Christmas greeting have been exchanged around the world. The British Royal Yacht `Britannia' docked in Melbourne during the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Britannia was the first Royal Yacht to be built with complete ocean-going capacity and designed as a Royal residence to entertain guests around the world. And surely it is this very freedom of choice and decision which gives exceptional value to friendship in times of stress and disagreement. As HMY approached the Roaring Forties Prince Philip personally led a beard growing competition, and crossing the International Date Line kept the Executive Officer, Commander John Adams, busy too: he had 2 birthdays and so the Wardroom ensured he threw 2 parties! Of course it is sad for us to be separated on this day, and of course we look forward to the moment when we shall all again be together. The Royal Yacht Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction in Edinburgh. RAILWAYS. None the less, deep and acute differences, involving both intellect and emotion, are bound to arise between members of a family and also between friend and friend, and there is neither virtue nor value in pretending that they do not. LV. I have been warned I may have Happy Birthday sung to me more than once or twice. The birth of a baby brings great happiness - but then the business of growing up begins. See more ideas about britannia, royal, yacht. The Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country. I speak of a tolerance that is not indifference, but is rather a willingness to recognise the possibility of right in others; of a comradeship that is not just a sentimental memory of good days past, but the certainty that the tried and staunch friends of yesterday are still in truth the same people today; of a love that can rise above anger and is ready to forgive. Half-way through a round-the-world trip and bound for the Antarctic, he is … Oil on board signed Richard Cosby and dated 2016. My hope this Christmas is that the Christian spirit of reconciliation may burn as strongly in our hearts during the coming year. The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over forty years, sailing more than 1,000,000 miles around the world. (MP344). Royal Yacht Britannia can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. Prince Philip spoke on the radio from the Royal yacht before The Queen made her broadcast live from her study in Sandringham, Norfolk. Plan your trip for a tour of the iconic royal yacht Britannia in the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Moreover, many of the photographs have been made available by the MOD and Royal Archives including a number of informal photographs of the Royal Family. Shots fm the train as it leaves Waterloo Station w P/Anne & P/Charles O/B to join the Yacht "BRITANNIA" at S'hampton to go up North 1956. On 9th January the Royal Yacht made the 700 mile passage to Leith Harbour, South Georgia to allow Prince Philip to visit more whalers and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave.