Royal Yacht Britannia at 65: 17 photos of Edinburgh's iconic ship

As the Royal Yacht Britannia celebrates its 65th anniversary of its commissioning, we take a look in our archive to find pictures of the famous ship.

Monday, 15th April 2019, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 15th April 2019, 2:59 pm
The Royal Yacht Britannia is featured highly on the Lonely Planet list of top experiences in Edinburgh.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was used by Queen Elizabeth II from 1954 until its decommissioning in 1997. It then spent two years unused and unloved until being turned into the visitor attraction it is today at Leith docks. Over its near 45 year lifespan as a working ship, it sailed more than one million miles, equivelant to traversing the circumference of the earth every year.

A view of the Royal Yacht Britannia on the River Clyde.

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Royal Yacht Britannia on the Clyde.
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh inspect the Fleet on the Clyde, on the royal barge as it leaves the Britannia.
HMS Lions officers cheer the Britannia.
A seven year old Prince Andrew takes a great interest in the Wiggins Teape paper mill at Corpath, near Fort William when the royal family stopped off from the Royal Yacht Britannia in August 1967.
The Queen and the Royal Family on the Royal Yacht Britannia leaving Greenock for a cruise around the Western Isles.
The Royal Yacht Britannia makes its way up the Firth of Forth in December 1992.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose for a group photograph with their guests, the European heads of government, during the European Summit, held in Edinburgh in December 1992.
HMY Britannia celebrates travelling 1,000,000 miles in February 1994.
The Royal Yacht Britannia arrives in Glasgow in October in its final tour around Britain.
The dining room aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Queens bedroom aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1998.
Britannia party on the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1998 in Leith.
The visitor centre at the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1999.
The Royal Yacht Britannia berthed in Leith, Edinburgh in 1999.
Moored in Leith in April, 1999.