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Diane McRae, our Senior Events Manager has already started counting down the days to Christmas! All of us in the office are eagerly awaiting her telling us about her Christmas colour scheme this year. She is always incredibly well organised – presents wrapped, Christmas cake iced and house tastefully decorated months in advance. We love her passion for Christmas and this definitely translates into her day job on board Britannia. Each and every event is meticulously planned, down to the finest detail and, not surprisingly, a Christmas event is one of her favourites!


Christmas on board

Christmas is a very special time on board Britannia. For sixty years, Christmas puddings have been made on board by the Royal Chefs using their own treasured recipes and the finest ingredients – fit for The Queen. While the Yacht was in royal service, the inspection and stirring of Britannia’s Christmas pudding was a time-honoured tradition. It was stirred by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Main Galley during the tour of Spain in 1988 and by the Prince of Wales during the tour of Hong Kong in 1989. The young princes, William and Harry, also joined in the fun of the annual event during an official tour of Canada in 1991.

As a guest on board Britannia during the month of December, you will also be presented with one of Britannia’s famous Christmas puddings to take home, still made on board today, in the original Royal Galleys by our Executive Chef, Mark Alston.

The magic of Christmas on board

Britannia is a magical venue during the festive season. A red carpet welcome awaits as guests are piped aboard via the Royal Brow. You will spot the Christmas tree on the bridge, a time-honoured naval tradition. With festive touches throughout the ship, from beautiful garlands in the State Dining Room to Christmas trees in the State Drawing Room and Officers’ Wardroom, an evening on board will truly put you in the Christmas mood.

The perfect setting for dinners and evening receptions, for either a corporate celebration or a private occasion. Imagine celebrating the spirit of Christmas on board Britannia where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities were once entertained.

For more information on a Christmas event on board, please contact our Events team on  or call +44 (0)131 555 8800.