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The Royal Yacht Britannia

Updated 1747 GMT (0147 HKT) January 16, 2012
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The Royal Yacht Britannia, seen here in 1960, was launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 16 April 1953. Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II on her way to perform the launching ceremony of the new Royal Yacht Britannia which is 125.65 meters long. Getty Images
Crowds gather to bid the Britannia farewell at Portsmouth in April 1954 when she was transporting Prince Charles and Princess Anne to Tubruq to join their parents on the last stage of a Commonwealth Tour. Getty Images
The interior of the veranda lounge on board the Britannia, pictured here in 1954. Getty Images
The yacht hosted four royal honeymoons during her time at sea, including that of the Prince and Princess of Wales, in July 1981. Getty Images
The Royal Yacht Britannia, pictured here on one of her last appearances in 1996, was decommissioned in 1997. Getty Images
Royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were among the guests at a pre wedding party hosted by Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on the Britannia in July 2011 in Edinburgh. Getty Images
Workmen are currently carrying out painting and repairs on the Royal Yacht Britannia in a dry dock at Forth Ports in Edinburgh. Getty Images