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List of royal yachts of the United Kingdom

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This is a list of royal yachts of the United Kingdom. There have been 84 royal yachts since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. King Charles II had 25 royal yachts and five were simultaneously in service in 1831. Occasionally merchantmen or warships have been chartered or assigned for special duty as a temporary royal yacht, for example the steamship Ophir in 1901 and the battleship HMS Vanguard in 1947. In 1997 HMY Britannia was decommissioned and not replaced. Since 1998, following a successful national tender process, the Royal Yacht Britannia has been berthed permanently at the Port of Leith in Edinburgh.[1] There are currently no British royal yachts, although MV Hebridean Princess has been used by the Royal Family.[2]


  • Mary (1660–1675)
  • Royal Escape
  • <i>Anne</i> (1661–unknown)
  • Bezan (1661–unknown)
  • <i>Katherine</i> (1661–unknown) – Built by Phineas Pett
  • <i>Charles</i> (1662–unknown)
  • <i>Jamie</i>
  • <i>Henrietta</i>
  • Merlin* (1666–unknown)
  • <i>Monmouth</i> (1666–unknown)
  • <i>Navy</i> (1666–unknown)
  • Saudadoes (1670–unknown)
  • <i>Cleveland</i> (1671–unknown)
  • <i>Queenborough</i> (1671–unknown)
  • <i>Deale</i> (1673–unknown)
  • <i>Isle of Wight</i> (1673–unknown)
  • <i>Kitchen</i> (1674–unknown)
  • <i>Katherine </i> (1674-?)
  • <i>Portsmouth</i> (1674–unknown)
  • <i>Charles</i> (1675–unknown)
  • <i>Charlot</i> (1677–unknown)
  • Mary (1677–unknown)
  • <i>Henrietta</i> (1679–unknown)
  • <i>Izabella Bezan</i> (1680–unknown)
  • Fubbs (1682–unknown)
  • <i>Isabella</i> (1680–unknown)
  • William & Mary (1694–unknown)
  • <i>Squirrel</i> (1695–unknown)
  • <i>Scout</i> (1695–unknown)
  • <i>Queenborough</i> (1701–unknown)
  • <i>Soeesdyke</i> (1702–unknown)
  • <i>Portsmouth</i> (1702–unknown)
  • <i>Isabella</i> (1703–unknown)
  • <i>Drake</i> (1705–unknown)
  • <i>Dublin</i> (1709–unknown)
  • <i>Bolton</i> (1709–unknown)
  • <i>Charlot</i> (1710–unknown)
  • <i>Carolina</i> (1710–unknown)
  • <i>Chatham </i> (1710–unknown)
  • <i>Chatham </i> (1741–unknown)
  • <i>Portsmouth</i> (1742–unknown)
  • Royal Caroline (renamed Royal Charlotte in 1761) (1749–1820)
  • <i>Dorset</i> (1753–unknown)
  • <i>Plymouth</i> (1755–unknown)
  • <i>Augusta</i> (1771–unknown)
  • <i>Portsmouth</i> (1794–unknown)
  • <i>Plymouth</i> (1796–unknown)
  • Royal Sovereign (1804–unknown)
  • <i>William & Mary</i> (1807–unknown)
  • Royal George (1817–1842)
  • <i>Prince Regent</i> (1820–unknown)
  • Royal Charlotte (1824–unknown)
  • Royal Adelaide (1834–1878)
  • Victoria and Albert (1843–1855) - Remained in service as Osborne (1855–1867)
  • Fairy (1845–1863) (tender to Victoria and Albert)
  • <i>Elfin</i> (1848–1901)
  • Victoria and Albert (ii) (1855–1900)
  • Alberta (1863–1913) (tender to Victoria and Albert (ii))
  • Osborne (1870–1908) (tender to Victoria and Albert (ii))
  • Victoria and Albert (iii) (1901–1937)
  • SS Ophir* (1901) – Chartered steamship for the royal tour of the colonies
  • Alexandra (1908–1925)
  • RMS Medina (1911–1912) – Chartered P&O steamship for the royal visit to India
  • Britannia (royal cutter yacht)* (1893–1936)
  • RMS Empress of Britain (1931–1940)
  • RMS Empress of Australia* (1939)[3]
  • HMS Renown (1916) – Used in 1920 for the Prince of Wales Empire tour and in 1927 by the Duke and Duchess of York to visit Australia
  • HMS Vanguard* (1947) – Battleship used to take George VI and family to South Africa
  • Gothic* (1952–1954)
  • Britannia (1954–1997)
  • MV Hebridean Princess* (chartered 2006 and 2010)

* Not HMY


  1. ^ "The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh". Visit Britain. British Tourist Authority. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ Witchell, Nicholas (23 July 2010). "Queen heads off on Hebridean adventure". BBC News.
  3. ^ "40-year-old Ship Makes Last Trip; Empress of Australia, Luxury Liner and Troop Carrier, on Way to Scrap Heap". The New York Times. 1 May 1952.


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