Royal row barge takes to the water

The royal row barge on the River Thames.
The royal row barge has been ornately carved and decorated with gold leaf. Credit: ITV News

A million-pound row barge, built specially to mark the 60th year of the Queen's reign, has been launched on the River Thames.

The 94ft vessel is ornately carved and decorated with gold leaf. It also features wood from sweet chestnut trees grown on Prince's Charles's private estate.

Later this summer, it will lead the flotilla of boats taking part in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

Including 18 rowers, it will carry 52 people.

The Queen will formally name the barge Gloriana when she visits Greenwich next Wednesday to open the relaunched Cutty Sark attraction.

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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.