Friday, September 24, 2010
LOOKING FOR A CLASSY,
Head over to Port of Leith, Edinburgh and climb aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, launched in 1953. Walk the red carpet and be greeted by a Pipe Major.
This grand ship has played home to The Queen and Royal Family for a half century and entertained kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers worldwide. It is decked out with comfortable casual furniture and the walls hold aged family portraits. The Yacht is said to be Scotland’s most popular attraction.
The State Dining room holds gifts to Her Majesty from 968 official worldwide state visits. Four honeymoons took place on the yacht including Princess Diana and Prince Charles honeymoon, but if your heart is set on having your wedding there: sorry, no weddings allowed. Suitable for a corporate event, the casual setting is regal and can include a harpist or pianist, fireworks, dancing to jazz or a traditional celtic band. Up to 176 guests can be feted for dinner or up to 380 for champagne receptions.
Staff is white-gloved and served in fine china with silver engraved with Britannia’s crest. Public tours are available during the day and imagine yourself sipping afternoon tea, sitting on a Britannia deck chair, overlooking the Firth of Forth. Cover the Royal Deck with an awning, plan an awesome dinner and invite the 80 people you want to impress the most.