Inside Gloriana's workshop

Later today, the royal row barge 'Gloriana', will be placed in the water the first time.

It will lead the flotilla of boats during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant, ahead of the Queen's boat the 'Spirit of Chartwell'.

Specialist craftsmen have spent the last 18 weeks creating the vessel in a secret location.

Craftsmen work on the boat.
The barge has been ornately carved. Credit: Hare & Humphreys
Patterns are painted onto the oars.
18 oarsmen will power the vessel down the Thames. Credit: Hare & Humphreys
Patterns are painted onto the oars.
Each oar has been painted by hand. Credit: Hare & Humphreys
Craftsmen apply gold leaf.
The row barge is the only boat to be made from scratch for the river pageant. Credit: Hare & Humphreys
Craftsmen apply gold leaf.
Craftsmen apply gold leaf. Credit: Hare & Humphreys

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Jubilee barge takes to the water

A spectacular royal row barge, created specially for the Diamond Jubilee, has been launched on the River Thames.