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Wedding ‘Cursed' Yacht Britannia saw Royal Family members who honeymooned onboard ‘soon divorce'

10:50  22 may  2021
10:50  22 may  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Four royal couples Royal Yacht Britannia , and it didn’t end well for any of themCredit: Getty - Contributor. During the trip they set sail on a six-week Caribbean cruise which included staying in the Royal Apartments and having lavish dinners in full evening dress. They stayed together for 18 years Next on board were Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips who also booked a Caribbean cruise in 1973. It wasn’t the most successful honeymoon as they suffered from sea sickness and they had to contend with 20-foot-high waves and storms. They did eventually get to enjoy a bit of Caribbean

The Royal Yacht Britannia , flying the royal standard alongside the Union Jack flag. Members of the British royal family boarded the yacht , for a long last look at the rooms where they received foreign dignitaries around the world, and spent honeymoons and holidays for 44 years. The royal party included the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Princess Royal and Captain Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy.

Over the years several Royal Family members who have been married then headed off onto a honeymoon onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. The luxurious yacht has welcomed the likes of Prince Charles and Diana after their wedding in 1981 and Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon on their honeymoon sailing of the Caribbean in 1960.

However, while romance may have been in the air at the altar, according to one royal expert, the yacht would soon bring upon the marriage a "curse".

As part of Channel 5 documentary The Royals on Holiday, it is revealed that "every royal marriage that started aboard the yacht would soon end in divorce."

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image captionThe Royal Yacht Britannia is followed by HMS Vanguard near Plymouth, 1954. The 83rd royal yacht 's time in service began very soon after the Queen's reign began, as it was commissioned only a few days after the death of her father in 1952. Thousands came to watch when the young Queen launched the yacht the following year, from the John Brown & Company shipyard on a gloomy day in Clydebank. "Special buses had brought from all parts of the county 5,000 children, who waited in the rain to cheer the Queen," the Times reported.

The Queen arrives in the Netherlands on The Royal Yacht Britannia back in 1958.

Speaking in the documentary, Carole Malone, journalist and commentator explained: "When you look back at Britannia and the success of the marriage of those people who spent their honeymoons there it is obviously cursed because none of them lasted for very long.

"They all broke up. It is not the love boat.

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a group of people on a boat: Royal Family honeymoons on the yacht © Getty Images Royal Family honeymoons on the yacht

"It might start off as the love boat but it doesn't end like that."

Indeed Four royal couples chose to have their most romantic holiday at sea.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson all chose to board the yacht on their honeymoon.

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The royal yacht Britannia leaves Portsmouth for the last time in 1997. Photograph: Rex Shutterstock. ‘There is a photograph of Charles and Diana in the honeymoon suite, by a clock.’ Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images. Today there is no talk of a floating university manned by sea cadets, for that is not a dreamland. If it is built, or recommissioned, the new Britannia will be, explicitly, a royal boat.

After her divorce , she seemed determined to bridge her very different worlds. So in the last few weeks before her death, she campaigned against land mines in Bosnia and vacationed in the Mediterranean aboard the luxurious yacht of her lover, Dodi Fayed. She appeared relaxed, even happy, a woman finally in control. Diana was furious when she discovered that Charles had given Camilla an engraved gold bracelet just before the ceremony. He reportedly downplayed the importance of the gift but kept in touch with Camilla even as he and Diana honeymooned aboard the royal yacht Britannia .

Alas, all four marriage soon faced demise.

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Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones became the first royal couple to divorce, separating in 1976 and finalising their divorce in 1978.

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorced in 1992, as well as Prince Charles and Diana who also divorced the same year.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also went on to separate in 1992 and finalised their divorce in May of 1996.

Though the ins and outs of the honeymoon is not known for all couples, for Prince Charles and Diana, there was one monumental moment which occurred while onboard Britannia.

graphical user interface, website, timeline: Prince Charles and Diana © DX Prince Charles and Diana

The young couples holiday took a dramatic turn when Princess Diana made a shocking discovery.

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A never-before- seen archive of poignant photos of Prince Charles and Diana happily enjoying their honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia have come to light. But these remarkably candid photos of Charles and Diana on honeymoon give no clue to the turmoil and torment to follow. Instead, they are a previously unseen record of the first hours the Prince and Princess of Wales spent together as man and wife. The black and white images were taken by an official photographer on board the Royal Yacht Britannia , on which the couple spent their honeymoon .

(13 Nov 1997) English/NatBritain's Royal Yacht Britannia made its final trip up the River Thames into London on Thursday, watched by thousands lining the ri The ship has sailed more than a (m) million miles, serving as an official private residence of the Royal Family when they were at sea. Her 19 officers and 217 crew members , including a Royal Marine band, have provided comfort and entertainment to the royal guests on board . A flotilla of small boats sounded their horns as Britannia made her way up the Thames from Kent, on England's southeast coast, to central London - passing

A former servant to Princess Diana said: "Fatefully one night she found a pair of cufflinks with intertwined c's.

"She thought they were Chanel in her naive way and then suddenly realised the c's were Charles and Camilla.

"I think finding a pair of cufflinks from Prince Charles' former lover on your honeymoon must have been quite a blow for the princess."

It was also on this honeymoon that experts and those around the couple began to notice "things weren't going well."

Royal biographer Angela Levin said: "There is this very moving picture of them looking out holding on to the side and you could see that things weren't going well even now Diana looked terribly upset."

Richard Kay, editor-at-large of the Daily Mail explained this was largely due to the differences which were beginning to emerge between the Princess and her new husband.

"We discovered that Diana found being cooped up on the royal yacht rather frustrating especially because Prince Charles wanted to spend his day reading books about philosophy and she wants to have a bit more fun," Mr Kay explained.

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