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Frank Scott

    The custom of sitting for the loyal toast is discussed in Mariner’s Mirror Vol 6:2 (1920) 189-90. The final entry makes reference to standing when national anthem is played. However, in my time in the service that certainly did not happen, even when a member of the Royal Family was present.

    Paymaster Commander C. M. Gavin, Royal Yachts (London, 1932) devotes chapter IX to ‘customs, ceremonies & traditions’ peculiar to Royal Yachts. He confirms that in the Yachts of his time the loyal toast was always drunk while standing, and he states that this was only the case in other RN ships when the national anthem was played.

    Another oddity that he mentions is that in the Yacht only the Monarch was piped on board, or when leaving.