Leslie Arthur Wilcox (British, 1904-1982) Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret being received by the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., O.B.E., as she landed from the Royal Yacht, Britannia at Port Royal, Jamaica, 19th February, 1955
Lot 88*
Leslie Arthur Wilcox (British, 1904-1982) Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret being received by the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., O.B.E., as she landed from the Royal Yacht, Britannia at Port Royal, Jamaica, 19th February, 1955
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,257) inc. premium

Lot Details
Leslie Arthur Wilcox (British, 1904-1982)
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret being received by the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., O.B.E., as she landed from the Royal Yacht, Britannia at Port Royal, Jamaica, 19th February, 1955
signed 'L.A. Wilcox' (lower right)
oil on canvas
61 x 91.4cm (24 x 36in).

Footnotes

  • LITERATURE:
    Frank G.G. Carr, Leslie A. Wilcox, R.I., R.S.M.A., (Leigh-on-Sea, 1977), p.22, no.44.

    One of the world's most instantly recognisable ships during the second half of the twentieth century, Her Majesty's yacht Britannia was ordered towards the end of King George VI's reign even though her keel was not actually laid until after the present Queen had acceded to the throne. Built by John Brown on the Clyde, she was launched by the Queen on 16th April 1953 and completed in the spring of 1954. Registered at 5,769 tons gross and measuring 412 feet in length with a 55 foot beam, her geared turbine engines gave her a design speed of 21 knots although this was easily surpassed on her trials. In over forty years of service, her sleek profile never failed to catch the public attention wherever she went across the world's oceans and the Queen was visibly moved when the yacht was decommissioned in 1997 after a protracted political controversy over its running costs; fortunately, she is now preserved at Leith.

    In addition to the Queen herself, her husband and her children, Britannia was also frequently used by other members of the wider royal family for both official as well as private travel. Quite apart from Princess Margaret's visit to Jamaica pictured above, the vessel was also employed to take her and the Earl of Snowden on their Caribbean honeymoon in 1960.
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