There’s something incredibly special about being piped on board The Royal Yacht Britannia to be welcomed in the exquisite surroundings of The Queen’s former floating palace, by your hosts, but the sense of occasion doesn’t stop there.
The State Dining Room is elegance personified with surprisingly high ceilings, white paneled walls, rosewood dining furniture set with sparkling crystal, gleaming silver and gifts to HM The Queen lining the walls.
A sweeping staircase separates the Dining Room from the vast Drawing Room, which has been decorated to give the warmth of a traditional country house. There’s comfortable seating arranged around the outer walls, a fireplace at its far end and, a Welmar baby grand piano once played by Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Sir Noel Coward.
The Royal Deck, which was used by the Royal family for outdoor games and cocktail parties, has been transformed into a spectacular contemporary space. With high glass walls, a traditional boat deck floor and neutral decorating this space truly comes to life in the evenings with the twinkling lights of Leith as the backdrop to elegant candlelit soirees or dancing.
If you’re looking for a more intimate setting for your event then look no further than the Officers’ Wardroom. The long dining room table seats 16, making it perfectly suited to a small dinner.
No visit to The Royal Yacht would be complete without seeing the rest of the vessel and to enhance the evening’s entertainment groups are provided with their own tour, with champagne in hand if you so choose. Special highlights include a visit to the Admirals Cabin and a personal guide to answer questions and tailor the experience to suit the group’s interests.
Catering on board is provided by Executive Chef Mark Alston and his team, who conjur up a wonderful selection of canapes and menus using the finest seasonal Scottish produce, all paired with a choice of fine wines selected by the in-house Sommelier.
Having lauded the individual aspects of the Royal Yacht it would be remiss not to point out how seamlessly they work together. Guests can be piped on deck, taken for a reception in the Drawing Room, dine in the State Dining Room and then finish the evening with dancing on the Royal Deck – perfect!
State Dining Room: Dinner 96, Reception 150
Royal Deck: Dinner 80, Reception 130, Dancing 120
State Drawing Room: Reception 100
Officers’ Ward Room: Dinner 16
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