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Instagram superstar Marcel le Corgi visits the Royal Yacht Britannia

Fresh from working with superstar Helena Bonham Carter and Harper’s Bazaar to mark series three of The Crown, the Insta-famous corgi, Marcel, made a stop at a real royal residence: The Royal Yacht Britannia.

The fluffy Pembroke Welsh corgi, who has more than 128,000 followers on Instagram, lives in London with his photographer mum Aurélie Four, who manages his Instagram account, and her partner, Pierre.

Photo: Helen Pugh Photography

Whilst Britannia usually only allows assistance dogs to visit, an exception was made for Marcel, who was visiting Edinburgh on a press tour in conjunction with VisitScotland.

During his visit to The Queen’s floating palace in Edinburgh, Britannia’s Visitor Assistant, Martin Bamford, snapped a selfie with Marcel before taking him on a tour of the ship – and taking part in their stuffed corgi treasure hunt, a favourite of young visitors to Britannia.

Photo: Helen Pugh Photography

Of course, The Queen is famously fond of the breed, and Marcel made sure to pose on the Grand Staircase showing off a tiny crown in tribute to Her Majesty.

Photo: Helen Pugh Photography

Britannia was home to The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world for royal tours, family holidays, and honeymoons. Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, famously took their honeymoon on Britannia, as well as Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, and the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Following Britannia’s decommissioning in 1997, Britannia is now permanently berthed in Edinburgh, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of royalty and explore the yacht for themselves. 

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Kristin was Chief Reporter for Royal Central until 2022 and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.