THE former Royal Yacht Britannia will reopen tomorrow after essential repairs were carried out.
She was moved back to her berth outside Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal after being was moved to a dry dock earlier this month for maintenance.
The ship served the Queen for 44 years and was taken out of service in 1997.
Around 2500 litres of paint were used in the restoration work.
A team of workers is putting the final touches to the interior ahead of the reopening. Bob Downie, chief executive of the Royal Yacht Britannia, said: “It is great to have Britannia back at her permanent berth and ready to open to the public again after undertaking an enormous amount of work whilst we were closed.
“The good news is that our insurance surveyors have given Britannia’s hull a very clean bill of health and it should be another 20 years before having to go back into dry dock.
“We have also taken the opportunity to repaint the masts and funnel, as well as many other jobs in the visitor route that could only be done whilst closed to the public.”