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Part 3: Remembering Britannia - "To the Queen & absent friends"

The Royal Yacht Britannia was taken out of service almost 20 years ago

The eleventh of December 1997 is a day that everyone who has ever served on the Royal Yacht Britannia remembers.

It was the day Britannia was decommissioned at an emotional ceremony attended by Her Majesty The Queen and most of the other members of the Royal family.

For the crew it meant the end of a unique way of life. Richard Jones has the last of our special reports from their annual reunion.

The other two parts of our special series about the Royal Yacht Britannia:

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

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Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

Back in the kitchen - former crew return to Royal Yacht Britannia

The second in a series about the annual return of former crew members of the Royal Yacht Britannia who go back to work on board her for a week each year.

The former crew members follow the routines they once had - eating the food they used to, and returning to the messes where they once socialised with their crewmates.

The yacht served the royal family for more than forty years and travelled more than a million miles around the globe. Her maiden voyage was from Portsmouth to Malta. Many of her crew over the years have come from Hampshire. They organise an annual gathering in Portsmouth.

Britannia is now moored in Edinburgh. Here is Richard Jones with part two of his special series of reports.

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Former crewmen revisit the Royal Yacht Britannia

How many of us would go back to the place we once worked to work again - and this time pay for the privilege?

That's what former crew members from the Royal Yacht Britannia do for a week once a year. It's a sign of just how special it was to be a sailor aboard a ship which served the nation for more than 40 years.

Richard Jones joined them - exclusively on board - and this is the first of three special reports this week.

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Duke helps charity mark its 25th anniversary

A Dorset based conservation charity is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary with the Duke of Cambridge.

Prince William is the Royal Patron of 'Tusk' - which aims to help conserve wildlife in Africa, as well as carrying out projects to alleviate poverty amongst rural communities in the continent.

The Duke is due to attend a reception at Windsor Castle. Since its formation a quarter of a century ago, the charity has raised more than twenty five million pounds for a wide range of projects.

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Sinn Fein leader expected to meet Prince Charles

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is expected to meet Prince Charles in what would be an historic meeting in Ireland. It is understood that Mr Adams is among guests expected to meet the Prince tomorrow as he begins his four-day tour of Ireland.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams expected to meet Prince Charles. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales begins an emotional and historic trip to the west of Ireland where his great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA. One of the most poignants stops on the official four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland will be on Wednesday when Prince Charles arrives in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, the site of the atrocity.

All of Ireland's main political leaders have been invited to National University Ireland Galway but the prospect of the visit beginning with the first meeting of a royal and a Sinn Fein leader in the Irish Republic will undoubtedly set the tone.

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Registrar welcomes Princess Charlotte to the world

The registrar who signed Princess Charlotte's birth certificate has said it was an "honour" to be able to officially register the arrival of the newest member of the royal family.

Kensington Palace revealed earlier today that the registration had taken place, with Prince William signing the certificate.

It was an honour to register the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Westminster City Council has a long history of registering royal births, including Prince George, and it's a pleasure to formally welcome the latest addition to the family.

– Alison Cathcart, superintendent registrar for Westminster City Council

She has also presided over several celebrity marriages including those of Sylvester Stallone, Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor and David Walliams.

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