This summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are getting ever closer and excitement is beginning to mount as finer details as to what we can expect from the Jubilee weekend are starting to be unveiled.

Today the Queen has visited docks in London where Gloriana, the royal barge built specifically for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is currently anchored. This was the Queens and the Duke of Edinburgh first look at the royal barge, the first to be built in 100 years.

The Queen on board royal jubilee barge Gloriana

Constructed over a four year period with the help of over 60 skilled craftsmen, Gloriana epitomises the grandness of such a rare royal occasion. With exquisite carving and an elaborate gold leaf design it will lead The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is set to be one of the most pivotal points of the Jubilee celebrations with over 1000 boats siling down the Thames in honour of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Although the Royal Family won’t travel on the royal barge it will be the main exhibit and manned by a team of 18 skilled oarsmen, one of whom will be British Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Gloriana practice run

Preparations to ensure that the river pageant is as spectacular as possible are already underway as Gloriana was taken for its first practice run along the Thames last week. Photographs of its first outing show just how vast and regal the royal barge is. I can’t wait to see it in action on the day.

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