Jubilee barge takes to the water

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

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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.

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

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