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History of the Royal Yachts of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom from 1870 to 1998. The royal yachts Victoria and Albert to the last royal yacht Britannia.

The Royal Yacht "Royal George".  Picture published 1897

Royal Yacht Alberta

In the foreground the Alberta carries Queen Victoria's body. Behind the Alberta is the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert (1901)

The Alberta passes naval ships of various nations from left to right the Nymphe from Germany, HMS Leda, the Dupuy de Lome from France (shown firing her saluting guns) and the Victoria and Albert.

Royal Yacht Osborne pictured 1896.

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Royal Yacht Surprise 1888.     Sent in by Terence Malone.     (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

Royal Yacht Surprise 1888.     Sent in by Terence Malone.     (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

Royal Yacht Enchantress pictured pre 1896.

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The Royal Yacht Victoria And Albert leaving Portsmouth dockyard in 1902. The King was on board the royal yacht during the Naval Review which took place at 2pm he then received the flag officers and captains of the vessels present at the review.

HMY Victoria and Albert.

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Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert pictured pre 1896.

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Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert, pictured in 1897.

The Coronation Review1902 with the royal yacht passing the Japanese warship Takasago.   

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The Victoria and Albert passing the Flagship at the Royal Review in 1902.

Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert.  

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Two bluejackets of HMY Victoria and Albert at Norway.

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HMY Victoria and Albert c.1909.

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Royal Yacht HMS Medina.  

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The King and Queen on board the Medina with members of their suite and officers of the boat while on their 1911 voyage to India. His Majesty stands in the middle, seated on chairs are Hon. Venetia Baring, Earl of Durham, Countess of Shaftesbury, Duke of Teck, Her Majesty the Queen, Marquis of Crewe and Duchess of Devonshire. Others grouped around the King include Earl of Granard, Earl of Shaftesbury, Sir Charles Cust, Sir Derek Keppel, Lord Charles Fitzmaurice, Major Clive Wigram, Sir Charles Fitzwilliam, Captain Forbes Trefusis and Captain Godfrey Faussett. 

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Royal Yacht Surprise passes the Swedish Cruiser Gota Lejon.

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Royal Yacht Surprise lit up

HMY Britannia.

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HMY Britannia.  Taken from RFA Bayleaf.  Firth of Clyde, July 1988.

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HMY Britannia at Malta at night.

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HMY Britannia at Thurso, early 1990s.

Contributed by H Murray

HMY Britannia.

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A00 HMY Britannia at Malta, January 1997.

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A00 HMY Britannia at Malta, January 1997.

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HMS Alberta - Name History

           The “Alberta” was a Royal paddle yacht, launched at Pembroke in 1863.  She was of 370 tons, 1200 horsepower, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft, 22ft, and 8ft.

           In 1912 this Royal yacht was broken up at Portsmouth.

HMS Enchantress - Name History

The fourth “ENCHANTRESS” is a twin-screw Admiralty yacht, launched at Belfast in 1903.  She is of 3470 tons, 6400 horse-power, and 18 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 320ft., 40ft., and 16ft. This ship is the special service vessel, or official yacht, of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in times of peace.  In war time she becomes a hospital ship.