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The main Drawing Room.<br />
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Sir Hugh Casson's original design sketches for the Royal Yacht have come to light - after his daughter Carola presented colour slides to the Trust in Leith, Edinburgh. <br />
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The sketches of the yacht's state rooms, the vision of renowned architect Sir Hugh Casson, reveal the Queen's love of simple yet modern design.<br />
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Britannia was launched in 1953, two months prior to the Queen's coronation, and clocked up more than one million miles up until 1997 when it was decomissioned.<br />
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Sir Hugh was commissioned to put forward ideas after the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh shunned original designs put forward by the yacht's builders.<br />
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Far from the majesty of their Victorian palaces, the Royal couple wanted the yacht to be a contemporary 'home from home'.<br />
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Britannia Trust head Bob Downey said 'It is a testament to Sir Hugh's skills that the Queen never updated his stylish original designs.'