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Brilliant visit to the Britannia

Really enjoyable visit here with friends. Audio guide provides plenty of information together with very helpful friendly staff. We were fortunate enough to visit during the 'Yotties' week when the yachtsmen who worked on board the Britannia are around helping to maintain the yacht and entertain us visitors. Great guys to chat to and listen to their personal stories of life aboard the Britannia.

How wonderful that you and your friends had a five-star visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia. It is great to know that the complimentary audio guide provided you with plenty of interesting information about Royal life at sea and that our team of Visitor Assistants were friendly and helpful. Visiting during Yotties' week is indeed a special experience, as it allows visitors to chat with the former Royal Yachtsmen who worked on Britannia, hearing their stories firsthand.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! It was a bummer that the funnel was being painted so there was a lot of scaffolding around the outside of the ship. The audio tour was fantastic but what really made the tour was conversing with the Royal Yachtsman who actually worked on the yacht when it was in service. On two different occasions I spent 20 minutes listening to 2 different yachtsman sharing their experiences.

Thank you for sharing your experience touring The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit, learning about the Yacht’s Royal history with our free audio guide. We are pleased that interacting with our former Royal Yachtsmen enhanced your visit, their personal stories truly bring the history of the Yacht to life. For the information of others, once a year many of the former Royal Yachtsmen return to Britannia for our annual Yotties’ week. The maintenance of Britannia is an ongoing task to preserve the Yacht for future generations to enjoy. As part of this work, the funnel is currently being repainted. We do hope that you will apply for your free Annual Pass, so that you can visit us again for free in the 12 months following your visit.

We were so fortunate that we chose to visit on the one week of the year when former yacht staff were on board to do maintenance work. They shared their experiences of life on board. This together with the audio guide provided an experience not to be forgotten. We were on board for 3 hours it was so interesting. Highly recommended.

It is fantastic to read that you had a memorable time aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. How wonderful that you visited during our annual Yotties’ week when many of the former Royal Yachtsmen return to Britannia, telling fascinating stories from their time aboard to visitors. It is kind of you to highly recommend Britannia to others.

Took some American colleagues here with work and they loved it - really good insight into the royal family which they loved.

Thank you for coming aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are glad that you and your colleagues found learning about the Yacht’s unique history was interesting.

To be in Edinburgh and not go and see the Royal Yacht Britannia is a travesty. No where else do you get such intimate contact with a major piece of royal history. The bournias perfectly organized, and in less than two hours you can feel as if you have been invited aboard to sail with Queen Elizabeth herself. Her loss at its decommissioning is our gain.

We are thrilled that you decided to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are thrilled that you count a tour of Britannia to be a must when in Edinburgh. It is great to read that you found our tour route easy to navigate with our complimentary audio guide. Whilst visitors are welcome to tour at their own pace, we do suggest you allow one and a half to two hours to tour Britannia, allowing extra time to visit the Royal Deck Tearoom and Gift Shop. Thank you for rating your tour five stars.

Wonderful experience on the royal yacht which in many ways is a time capsule of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Great access to the ship and wonderful content and service.

How delightful to know that you had a wonderful experience touring The Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoyed the historical insights into life on board Queen Elizabeth II's former floating palace.

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17 May 2024

Photography has always played an important role on   Britannia. While she was in service, there was always a 'Yottie' appointed, nicknamed 'Snaps', to take photographs of life on board the Royal Yacht.

In keeping with this tradition, we now have our own Photographer in Residence, who has been capturing our very own Weekly 'Snaps' - a collection of snapshots of life around the ship today.

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A smiling woman from housekeeping wearing a red jacket polishing a handrail outside on deck at Britannia.

Anhelina, Housekeeper, meticulously polishing the handrails on the tour route at The Royal Yacht Britannia.

A member of the Facilities team hosing the Rolls-Royce car which is in the garage on the Quayside.

Facilities Officer, Kirk, ensuring the classic Rolls-Royce is gleaming beautifully.

A Yottie, wearing white overalls. is chatting with visitors on the Bridge at Britannia.

The Yotties returned to their beloved Britannia this week for their annual Working Party. Visitors are captivated by their incredible stories, adding a rich layer of firsthand history to their tour.

A man and two women stand posing for a photo next to the Bell and compass Binnacle.

The iconic Britannia Bell is a favourite spot for photographing treasured memories.

Two Chefs working in the Galley at Britannia. They are preparing exquisite chocolate desserts on plates.

Chef de Partie, Amelia, and Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, adding the finishing touches to Black Forest gâteau for an exclusive evening event.

A close-up of a Black Forest Gateau dessert covered with gold leaf decoration.

The exquisite desserts are waiting to tantalise the tastebuds at a private event.

The Royal Deck Tearoom with guests sitting at tables.

A visit to the Royal Deck Tearoom is highly recommended, and offers a wide menu of delicious lunches and light bites to enjoy.

A plate of fruit scones on a tray.

A tray of freshly baked fruit scones straight out of the oven, are ready to delight the senses.

The bow of Britannia displaying the Royal Coat of Arms.

The bow of The Royal Yacht Britannia, proudly displaying the Royal Coat of Arms against a clear blue sky.

The Bridge on Britannia. There are dials and switches on a control panel, a tall leather chair, log books, charts and big windows.

The Bridge, the main control point of Britannia, was the heart of command, as the ship sailed all over the world.

A novelty Yottie dangler fridge magnet wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.

Celebrate Yotties' Week with a novelty Yottie dangly fridge magnet from the Britannia Gift Shop. A perfect keepsake to honour their annual visit.

A bottle of whisky sitting next to its accompanying box in the Chart Room.

The Yottie Edition, an 18-year-old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, created in tribute to Britannia’s 220 crew of Royal Yachtsmen and limited to 220 bottles, makes a truly special gift.

A Yottie playing the bagpipes in Britannia's Engine Room.

Yottie, Bob, a former Leading Marine Engineering Mechanic, piping in the pristine Engine Room.

Two Yotties standing smiling while standing in one of Britannia's Whaler boats.

Knocker and Taff, working on one of Britannia's Whalers.

A Yottie standing on the Pilot Bridge, taking coordinates.

Chris, a former Navigator's Yeoman, re-living his past role on board.

Three Yotties cleaning the outside of the Royal Barge.

Martin, Brigham and Mike cleaning the outside of the Royal Barge.

A Yottie working on deck repairs in the Maintenance team workshop.

Paddy, a former Chief Plumber, making deck repairs to one of the Whalers in the Workshop.

A Yottie is working on the shaft line on the Fast Motor Launch boat.

Mark working on cutlass bearings on the Fast Motor Launch shaft line.

Downstairs in Fingal's Ballroom, tables are set for dining and large palm plants decorate the room.

Find luxury and glamour aboard the five-star floating hotel, Fingal. Featuring a stunning Ballroom, perfect for celebratory gatherings, dinners and receptions.

A close-up of a table setting in Fingal's Bridge. There are lots of different glasses on the table, floral arrangements, plates and cutlery.

The Bridge on Fingal offers an intimate space for private dining and meetings, combining elegance and exclusivity.

An aerial view of an outside wooden spiral staircase on Fingal.

Experience the unique with the special curves and features of Fingal. We invite guests to dine, drink, relax, and stay in unparalleled splendour. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

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Sustainability is woven throughout both ships. Look out for the new duck house at Fingal, where you may spot a new resident!

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Start your tour at our entrance, currently located on the Ground Floor of Ocean Terminal. Please note that tickets purchased in person are by card/contactless only. 

Please pre-book your tickets to guarantee admission.

Click on the Visit page  for more information before you visit.

Step aboard to enjoy a great day out!

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WATCH: Queen Elizabeth was the first British monarch to visit Russia

Queen Elizabeth II, photographed in 1993.

Queen Elizabeth II, photographed in 1993. RollingNews

On Oct 17, 1994, Queen Elizabeth II became the first ruling British monarch to set foot on Russian soil.

As the eyes of the world are on Russia and the invasion of Ukraine, which has caused I migration of refugees unlike anything seen since World War II, we thought it interesting to look back at the October 1994 of Queen Elizabeth II to the Kremlin, by invitation of the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

In 1994 the Queen made a three-day visit to Russia. Three years before had seen the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when Yeltsin took office. His hope was that Her Royal Majesty's visit would strengthen the trade relationship with Britain and the Western World. 

Yeltsin's spokesman, Vyacheslav Kostikov, said at the time "We realize that the British queen would never have visited a Communist country."

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Personally, 1994 was also a difficult time for the Queen personally as her son, Prince Charles, had separated from Princess Diana, just two years earlier. A biography of the Prince, by Jonathan Dimbleby, had caused a media frenzy over comments made by Charles with relation to his relationship with his mother and father, Prince Philip. 

The Queen and Prince Philip landed in Moscow on Oct 17, 1994. They were then taken to the Kremlin where they were greeted by Yeltsin and his wife, Naina. The Royal pair were also treated to a special performance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

The climax of the tour was a state banquet given on the final evening by the Queen aboard the royal yacht Britannia which had sailed to St. Petersburg to meet the royal party. 

They left Russia on Oct 20 and broke the journey home by visiting Finland. 

Since 1994 some members of the Royal family have visited Russia, including Princess Anne. She visited in 2016 to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic convoys from the United Kingdom during World War II. Prince Charles also Russia in 2003. This visit resulted in a return invitation to President Vladimir Putin to visit Britain later that year.

Check out some AP footage of the Queen having dinner at the Kremlin:

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The Crown Season 5 Filming Locations: In Detail

The Crown Season 5 Filming Locations: In Detail

The Crown Season 5 filming locations include Ardverikie, Lancaster House, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Wellington College, Cobham Hall School, Winchester College, Burghley House, Brompton Cemetery, Greenwich ORNC, Lincoln’s Inn and the London Coliseum. Further scenes were filmed on the Netflix show’s extensive sets around Elstree Studios.

As the Netflix drama moves into the 1990s, it revisits some of the established locations for the royal palaces, and adds new settings. We’re also in for a change of cast, led by Imelda Staunton as the Queen, with Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

Marcia Warren steps in the Queen Mother, while Timothy Dalton plays Peter Townsend for a brief reunion. Dominic West takes over as Prince Charles, with Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles.

New figures for The Crown Season 5 include Mohamed Al-Fayed (Salim Daw) and his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla), Penny Knatchbull (Natascha McElhone) and John Major (Jonny Lee Miller). Flashbacks also give us glimpses of earlier cast members and filming locations.

Where Was The Crown Season 5 Filmed?

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The Crown Season 5 was filmed in Chatham, Greenwich, the Moray Firth, Ardverikie, Knebworth, Wellington College, Brompton Cemetery, Somerley House, Eastbourne Pier, Winchester College, Wrotham Park, Lancaster House, Lincoln’s Inn, and more stunning locations.

However, with the show growing bigger each season, the number of sets at Elstree has also grown. The Britannia, royal residences and Downing Street are among the custom-built backdrops.

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Clock Tower Building - Chatham Dockyard

We see the ship in two eras. After Claire Foy’s Elizabeth has launched the ship, we see Imelda Staunton’s Queen at Chatham Historic Dockyard as she boards the Britannia to sail to Balmoral.

And here’s where to watch the real Britannia launch! It’s right here on the BBC Scotland News Facebook page .

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Crown Season 5 Britannia scenes were filmed on the real Royal Yacht and a replica built at Elstree Studios . The recreated top deck of the Royal Yacht’s appears in the dinner scene at the start of Episode 5. Other parts of the ship were duplicated elsewhere at the Netflix show’s Elstree base.

In an interview with Elle Décor , production designer Martin Childs confirmed the filming locations for the Britannia in Season 5 of The Crown. And it’s confirmed that the lower decks were used. We think these are the engine room scenes, which show off the machinery visible from above on the tour.

You can visit the real Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, to the north of Edinburgh. Visitors can see the real engine rooms, Prince Philip’s art supplies, family lounges and bedrooms on the now-decommissioned Britannia. There’s also a permanent Royal Deck Tea Room , if you want to dine like the royal family in the scenes from The Crown Season 5.

Balmoral Castle

Knebworth House

Interior shots for the Balmoral scenes have been filmed at Knebworth throughout the Netflix show’s run. Knebworth House confirmed that it’s a filming location for The Crown Season 5, sharing the news online the day before its release .

Knebworth’s dramatic architecture makes it a popular filming location, and The Crown’s substitute for Balmoral’s Scottish Baronial style. You can visit this location easily – check for opening days and special events! https://www.knebworthhouse.com/

The exterior belongs to Ardverikie in Newtonmore - also known as Glenbogle from Monarch of the Glen. And the surrounding land appears in the show as well.

Balmoral Estate

Balmoral scenes for The Crown Season 5 were filmed around Kinloch Laggan and Lossiemouth. Kinloch Laggan is where Ardverikie is situated, and this is a real Highland location. Like the real Balmoral Estate, it’s in the Cairngorms National Park . This year, other locations add to the landscape for loch scenes.

The Crown’s loch scenes were filmed around the Moray Firth near Lossiemouth and the Covesea Lighthouse. The Strathspey and Badenoch Herald caught Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville in costume for the scenes.

In the Season 1 Episode 1 loch scenes, Princess Margaret and the Queen spend time together in a boat on the loch.

Range Rover Scenes

Prince Philip’s driving scenes were filmed in Hertfortshire. Back in October 2021, Jonathan Pryce was spotted filming the Range Rover driving scenes - part of Prince Philip’s life outside the palace. In Season 5, we see the Duke of Edinburgh following his love of driving and of carriage racing.

Lowther Horse Show

According to the Stamford Mercury , the Lowther Horse Show scenes were filmed at Burghley’s grounds.

As the series goes on Prince Philip and Penny Knatchbull's friendship attracts controversy – until Prince Philip asks the Queen to give her approval. While the Netflix series raises questions about the relationship, there’s no doubt that Prince Philip was devoted to carriage racing.

The Duke of Edinburgh competed in the sport, notably the Royal Windsor Horse Show, until the early 2000s. As described in the episode, he sought it out as an alternative to polo .

Kensington Palace

Wellington College

Wellington College has been used as Kensington Palace in The Crown from Season 3 onwards. It appears again in Episode 4, “Annus Horribilis”, and other scenes involving Princess Diana. The Princess of Wales famously lived in one of the palace’s apartments after her split from Prince Charles.

London Streets

Lincoln’s Inn Fields appear in The Crown’s London street scenes as Princess Diana agrees to be interviewed for Andrew Morton’s book. The gateway is visible, along with the surrounding terraces.

Buckingham Palace

Lancaster House

Wrotham Park has been used as the Queen’s audience room since The Crown Season 1. Over the years, The Crown has filmed Buckingham Palace scenes at Wilton House, Goldsmiths Hall and Greenwich Old Royal Naval College.

The palace’s portico scenes used to be filmed in Greenwich, but have been switched for a replica in Elstree Studios. Other palace interiors are filmed on custom sets at Elstree too.

The Ritz Paris

The Crown’s Ritz hotel filming location is Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. The Rothschild mansion appears in Season 5 Episode 3 “Mou Mou”. Look out for the dining room’s mantelpiece and mirrors. This room is seen in the meeting to buy the Ritz, and later when Mohamed Al-Fayed speaks with Sydney Johnson, personal valet to the Duke of Windsor.

Of course, the real Ritz Paris has taken on a different role in the story of the Royal Family, Princess Diana, and the Al-Fayeds. But in Season 5 Episode 3, we’re focusing on the Al-Fayed patriarch’s story and love of prestigious settings.

Bois du Boulogne/Villa Windsor

The Crown’s Bois du Boulogne locations are Halton House and West Wycombe Park. Halton House appeared as the former Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson’s French retreat in the Netflix show’s earlier seasons. It makes a return in Season 5 Episode 3. Look out for the exterior as the former king trains his valet.

Halton recently appeared in Enola Holmes 2 as the Lyon family home – one of many screen moments. It was built for the Rothschilds, who still own the nearby Waddesdon Manor, and as a result they share some architectural links.

West Wycombe Park is another original Bois du Boulogne filming location from The Crown Season 1 that appears in Season 5 Episode 3. Look out for it in the interior shots as Mohamed Al-Fayed and Sydney Johnson inspect Wallis Simpson’s house after her death. Halton House’s entrance and West Wycombe Park’s as the Queen’s representative removes Edward VIII’s abdication desk and letters.

As shown in the Netflix series, Sydney Johnson worked at the house in its heyday and during its renovation. The real valet to the former Edward VIII said, of the Villa Windsor’s restoration:

“I feel on top of the world… the restoration is so authentic I expect to see the duchess stepping down the staircase asking, ‘How do I look?’” Sydney Johnson, Valet to the Duke of Windsor and Mohamed Al-Fayed

If you want to see the real Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s décor, Architectural Digest has captured it in amazing detail . Everything from the clocks to the North Persian carpets is recorded.

Look out for Harrods in the shots of Mohamed Al-Fayed looking over his newest purchase. This looks very much like the real Harrods department store in Kensington, complete with its illuminations.

The real Harrods is a fixture of Knightsbridge to this day. But the prestigious shopping destination’s relationship with the Royal Family has changed over the years.

In 2000, Prince Philip withdrew his royal warrant. The store had held royal warrants since the 1950s. But after the Duke of Edinburgh declined to renew, Mohamed Al-Fayed spoke out to say he wouldn’t seek to renew the Queen or Prince of Wales’ warrants. Harrods then-owner elaborated:

“We are proud of the Harrods reputation as the world’s finest store and we naturally welcome discerning shoppers from all over the world… The royal family, with the exception of Prince Philip, are welcome to shop at Harrods at any time.” Mohamed Al-Fayed

Sydney Johnson’s Grave

The Crown cemetery location for Sydney Johnson’s grave is Brompton Cemetery in London. In The Crown, we see Mohamed Al-Fayed paying his respects over the gravestone. The engraving reads Sydney Johnson, Valet to the King.

Brompton Cemetery opened in 1840, and is still a working cemetery to this day. But it’s also a Grade I-listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens and a precious green space. You can find guides to the well-known figures who are buried there, and popular walking routes, on the Royal Parks website.

Moscow Streets

The Netflix show’s Moscow scenes were filmed in Bradford. In The Crown Season 5, the Queen’s car is seen driving through the streets of the Russian capital, actually Bradford’s Forster Square area.

The Telegraph and Argus caught filming in progress , with Russian signage appearing on Holdsworth Street, Canal Road and Valley Road.

Windsor Castle

Look out for Burghley Castle as The Crown’s Windsor Castle location in Season 5. The famous Windsor Castle fire scenes were filmed at Burghley, and smoke billowing over its roof . A replica of one of its rooms was also used as a fire-damaged Windsor in scenes of the Queen and Prince Philip surveying the damage.

Burghley also provides St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle after the repairs. It appears in the scenes of Prince William and the Queen having tea at Windsor during his time at Eton. Look out for it again when the Queen and Director General of the BBC have a tough conversation after Martin Bashir’s interview is screened.

You can visit this Crown location – check the opening dates for the house, grounds and restaurant.

Guildhall Jubilee Lunch

The Painted Hall, Greenwich

Look out for the exterior of the ORNC buildings at the opening of the episode, as the Queen exits the car. She is seen walking into the Painted Hall, climbing the steps to its distinctive black and white floor.

The artwork has a royal theme of its own. Among the scenes depicted around the Painted Hall, you’ll find the accessions of William and Mary, and George I. And you can indeed find the paintings for yourself, because it’s open to the public – check the website for current admission details .

The Queen really did make her famed “annus horribilis” comment during the Guildhall Jubilee Lunch . In reality, the Ruby Jubilee banquet on 24th November 1992 took place just days after the fire at Windsor Castle.

The real Guildhall , with its 600-year-old Great Hall, is the home of the Corporation of the City of London, who hosted the event. While it didn’t appear in this episode of The Crown, it is a popular filming location in its own right.

The Eton town and school locations in The Crown are Winchester College in Hampshire and the Cobham Hall School in Kent. Prince William’s car passes the entrance to the Winchester College in Season 5 Episode 7, “No Woman’s Land”, before the press call.

Winchester was founded in 1382, pipping Eton to the post by about 60 years. Princes William and Harry’s former school was founded in 1440, on the banks of the Thames. As seen in The Crown when the Queen considers inviting William for tea, Eton sits just on the edge of Windsor.

Eton College

Kent’s Cobham Hall School appears in glimpses of Eton’s courtyard and interior shots. Look out for the Gravesend school in the press call and William’s lesson on Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

It was confirmed as a filming location by Visit Kent , along with other local spots appearing in the likes of Enola Holmes 2 . While Eton is an all-boys school and Winchester has only recently become co-educational, Cobham Hall is an all-girls day and boarding school.

It was founded by socialite Bhicoo Batlivala , who had attended another prestigious school, Cheltenham Ladies’ College. But the building itself boasts its own royal connections. Cobham Hall has been home to the Barons of Cobham, Earls of Lennox and Earls of Darnley. Over the centuries, the residents have hosted royalty of their era, from Elizabeth I to the Duke of Windsor.

Broadcasting House

It looks like a real glimpse of Langham Place in Season 5 Episode 8, “Gunpowder”, with CGI assistance bringing the BBC’s Broadcasting House back to the 1990s. Built in 1932 , the Broadcasting House building was later updated with the glass-lined piazza space that occasionally appears in BBC features.

Eastbourne Pier

The Crown Season 5 Episode 8 features shots of Eastbourne’s pier and seafront . Look out for several angles in quick succession at the start of the sequence before the Bashir footage is reviewed.

Eastbourne’s shingle beach is another location seen in the episode, as the race to halt or allow the broadcast begins.

The Queens Hotel

Queens Hotel, Eastbourne

Royal Variety Performance

The Royal Variety Performance scene was filmed at the London Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane in London . The London Coliseum’s exterior is seen as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the Royal Variety Performance on their wedding anniversary. The real auditorium appears as well, with shots from various angles throughout the second half of the episode.

As a side note, while the London Coliseum has hosted the event, it wasn’t the venue that year. On 19th November 1995, the day before Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir aired, the Royal Variety Performance was held at the London Dominion.

The Queen and Prince Philip would have watched acts including Cirque du Soleil, Allan Stewart, Des O’Connor, Riverdance and Elaine Paige. Thanks to the Royal Variety Charity’s archive, you can check out the line-up right here .

Prince Charles’ Hong Kong scenes were filmed in London’s West End . The area already has a strong connection to China and Hong Kong, through local expat communities and Chinatown’s restaurants and importers.

Journals and essays written by King Charles III were shared with the press after he took the final trip in the Royal Yacht Britannia. In the texts , he wrote about his thoughts on the journey itself and the Hong Kong handover.

The Theatre

Lyceum Theatre, London

While the Princess of Wales’ fashion choices influenced the costumes shown in The Crown, they don’t appear at the same events. As Yahoo Life UK point out, the blue dress Diana is seen wearing to Swan Lake harks back to a Jaques Azagury dress she wore to an event at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995.

The Crown’s Highgrove location is the Somerley Estate in Dorset. Somerley appeared in Season 4 as Highgrove, and is also set to reappear in Season 6. Filming took place in October 2022 , before Season 5 had arrived on Netflix.

While Somerley isn’t open to the public, you can stay at this Crown location. There are holiday lets on the estate – or you can host a wedding or special event at the house. https://somerley.com/ That said, you can visit the real Highgrove gardens . In fact, King Charles III’s private residence in Gloucestershire has hosted garden tours for 25 years.

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Brilliant visit to the Britannia

Really enjoyable visit here with friends. Audio guide provides plenty of information together with very helpful friendly staff. We were fortunate enough to visit during the 'Yotties' week when the yachtsmen who worked on board the Britannia are around helping to maintain the yacht and entertain us visitors. Great guys to chat to and listen to their personal stories of life aboard the Britannia.

How wonderful that you and your friends had a five-star visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia. It is great to know that the complimentary audio guide provided you with plenty of interesting information about Royal life at sea and that our team of Visitor Assistants were friendly and helpful. Visiting during Yotties' week is indeed a special experience, as it allows visitors to chat with the former Royal Yachtsmen who worked on Britannia, hearing their stories firsthand.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! It was a bummer that the funnel was being painted so there was a lot of scaffolding around the outside of the ship. The audio tour was fantastic but what really made the tour was conversing with the Royal Yachtsman who actually worked on the yacht when it was in service. On two different occasions I spent 20 minutes listening to 2 different yachtsman sharing their experiences.

Thank you for sharing your experience touring The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit, learning about the Yacht’s Royal history with our free audio guide. We are pleased that interacting with our former Royal Yachtsmen enhanced your visit, their personal stories truly bring the history of the Yacht to life. For the information of others, once a year many of the former Royal Yachtsmen return to Britannia for our annual Yotties’ week. The maintenance of Britannia is an ongoing task to preserve the Yacht for future generations to enjoy. As part of this work, the funnel is currently being repainted. We do hope that you will apply for your free Annual Pass, so that you can visit us again for free in the 12 months following your visit.

We were so fortunate that we chose to visit on the one week of the year when former yacht staff were on board to do maintenance work. They shared their experiences of life on board. This together with the audio guide provided an experience not to be forgotten. We were on board for 3 hours it was so interesting. Highly recommended.

It is fantastic to read that you had a memorable time aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. How wonderful that you visited during our annual Yotties’ week when many of the former Royal Yachtsmen return to Britannia, telling fascinating stories from their time aboard to visitors. It is kind of you to highly recommend Britannia to others.

Took some American colleagues here with work and they loved it - really good insight into the royal family which they loved.

Thank you for coming aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are glad that you and your colleagues found learning about the Yacht’s unique history was interesting.

To be in Edinburgh and not go and see the Royal Yacht Britannia is a travesty. No where else do you get such intimate contact with a major piece of royal history. The bournias perfectly organized, and in less than two hours you can feel as if you have been invited aboard to sail with Queen Elizabeth herself. Her loss at its decommissioning is our gain.

We are thrilled that you decided to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are thrilled that you count a tour of Britannia to be a must when in Edinburgh. It is great to read that you found our tour route easy to navigate with our complimentary audio guide. Whilst visitors are welcome to tour at their own pace, we do suggest you allow one and a half to two hours to tour Britannia, allowing extra time to visit the Royal Deck Tearoom and Gift Shop. Thank you for rating your tour five stars.

Wonderful experience on the royal yacht which in many ways is a time capsule of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Great access to the ship and wonderful content and service.

How delightful to know that you had a wonderful experience touring The Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoyed the historical insights into life on board Queen Elizabeth II's former floating palace.

See Photos of Queen Elizabeth's 1994 State Visit to Russia

The Queen's trip to Russia, which followed Boris Yeltsin's trip to the UK, is depicted in season five of The Crown .

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Here, see all the photos of Queen Elizabeth's 1994 trip to Russia, as shown on The Crown :

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This is not from the State Visit to Russia, rather this is when Yeltsin visited the UK two years prior. Pictured are Naina Yeltsin, President Boris Yeltsin, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.

State Visit, 1994

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Queen Elizabeth is pictured arriving in Moscow, wearing a glamorous fur coat.

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A close-up of the Queen and Prince Philip upon their arrival in Russia.

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Throughout the trip, she was accompanied by Boris Yeltsin, who served as president of Russia from 1991 to 1999.

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Queen Elizabeth was not the first British royal to visit Russia. In 1973, Prince Philip and Princess Anne attended a horse eventing competition in Kyiv, then part of the Soviet Union, and in 1994, Prince Charles visited Saint Petersburg.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed in the Kremlin as guests of Yletsin.

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Here, the Queen and Yetsin are pictured at the Bolshoi theatre.

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Queen Elizabeth met Patriarch Alexius II and mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov; they are pictured here outside Saint Basil's Cathedral.

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"For Russia, this visit is the utmost recognition that our country is on the road to democracy," Yeltsin told reporters of the Queen's visit.

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As The Crown shows, the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family was a reason why the Queen had yet to visit Russia. Her grandfather, King George V, was Nicholas's first cousin.

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"You and I have spent most of our lives believing that this evening could never happen. I hope that you are as delighted as I am to be proved wrong," Queen Elizabeth said to Yeltsin at a state banquet.

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The two toasted at the banquet.

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Queen Elizabeth toured Moscow during her four day trip, including visiting the famous Red Square.

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She also met Russian children.

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There were more formal events during the trip, too; Queen Elizabeth and Yeltsin attended a ceremony at the Piskarevskoye cemetery, a WWII memorial in St. Petersburg.

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During the trip, Prince Philip and the Queen hosted the Yeltsins on board the Royal Yacht Britannia for a banquet.

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During her Christmas address two months later, Queen Elizabeth reflected, "I never thought it would be possible in my lifetime to join with the Patriarch of Moscow and his congregation in a service in that wonderful cathedral in the heart of the Moscow Kremlin."

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Queen Elizabeth would not return to Russia; Prince Philip returned once more, in 1995, as president of the World Wildlife Fund.

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