The Queen’s Favourite Way to Travel… by Sea!

While naturally the Queen spent much of her life hopping on and off planes, it was certainly not her preferred mode of transport

While naturally the Queen spent much of her life hopping on and off planes, it was certainly not her preferred mode of transport. She took her final trip via air to Malta in 2015.

The Queen preferred to carry out her domestic engagements via train – she notably chose to take the Royal Train to the G7 summit in Cornwall in 2021, rather than follow in Boris Johnson’s footsteps by taking a 20-minute private flight.

She was also very fond of sustainable travelling, and she was often spotted in one of her fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles, especially her hybrid Range Rover.

Her favourite way to travel, however, was said to have been aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Th royal couple spent several months onboard the yacht during the Seventies. The plushly appointed yacht came with mahogany woodwork and chintzy sofas and armchairs, designed to recreate all the comforts of home. Over the course of 40 years, Britannia travelled more than a million miles and completed 968 official voyages before being decommissioned in 1997 – a date that is often cited as one of the only times when the Queen has shed a tear in public. Now it is moored at Leith in Edinburgh, where it draws more than 300,000 tourists each year.

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