Yotties’ Week on The Royal Yacht Britannia


Eighty retired Yachtsmen will be back on board the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth II next week.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years, sailing a million miles around the world.




Whilst in service, 220 crew lived and worked on board.

One of the world’s most famous ships it is now a five-star visitor attraction permanently berthed in Leith and attracts thousands of people every year.




From 18-22 May 80 of Her Majesty’s former Royal Yachtsmen back on board giving visitors a chance to meet the former crew.




Renowned for their meticulous attention to detail and ‘strive for daily perfection’ the Royal Yachtsmen or ‘Yotties’, as they were known, will work with the current maintenance crew.


They will don their overalls once more for scrubbing and sanding, painting and polishing.




Britannia’s longest serving crew member, Ellis ‘Norrie’ Norrell MVO RVM, who was a Royal Yachtsman for 34 years, will be one of those returning for Yotties’ Week.




Norrie was a crew member between 1954 and 1988 and he was always a welcome and familiar face for The Queen and the Royal Family.


Chief Executive, Bob Downie said: “We always welcome the Yotties with open arms.

“They bring Britannia to life with their engaging stories and amusing tales.”