As it celebrates 60 years since its official launch, we bring you photos of the Royal Yacht Britannia from past to present

On 16 April 1953 the Royal Yacht Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank by Her Majesty the Queen, although the ship didn’t embark on her first voyage until the following year.

For over 44 years she served the Royal Family as its official yacht, clocking up over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world.

At 380ft long and powered by two geared steam turbines, with a total of 12,000 shaft horse power, she could reach speeds of up to 22 knots and had a range of 2500 miles.

Currently berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia is now a popular tourist attraction. To find out more about this magnificent ship click here.

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