HRH Princess Beatrice at the Association of Royal Yachtsmen Reception

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Dave McDonald, Examiner Article, 08 Nov 2013 (03)





HRH Princess Beatrice was at the Sixtieth anniversary reception of the Association Of Royal Yachtsmen held at Windsor castle on Friday  29 2013.

Press/media outlets confirmed her attendance, sadly no pictures  of her yet at the reception maybe we’ll get some in the next few weeks The queen, Prince Philip, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were also present.


The Association of Royal Yachtsmen, ‘Yotties’, was founded in 1989 by Albert ‘Dixie’ Deane MBE, RVM. It is dedicated to bringing together many of the estimated 3,296 ‘Yotties’ who served on board HMY BRITANNIA between 14 January, 1954 and 11 December, 1997. They hold an annual dinner dance in late November/early December, usually in the Portsmouth area. Whether you were an Officer (488), Rating (2,634), or RM Bandsman (174), you will be made most welcome and will find joining instructions below.


The Royal Yacht Britannia is the Association’s official headquarters. Each year the Yotties return to work alongside Britannia’s new ‘crew’ and undertake a wide range of maintenance jobs. They also keep visitors enthralled with stories of the good old days on board the Royal Yacht. A bronze statue stands at Britannia, commissioned by the Trust, as a tribute to the Officers and Royal Yachtsmen who served on board. The statue model was Ellis ‘Norrie’ Norrell MVO RVM, Britannia’s longest serving Royal Yachtsman who served 34 years from January 1954 to September 1988.

  • Patron: HM The Queen
  • President: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • Vice Presidents: Former Flag Officers The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Chairman: Commodore AJC Morrow, CVO
  • Vice Chairman: A Deane, MBE, RVM

For further information, or if you were a Royal Yachtsman and would like to join the Association, please email: or



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