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Royal Vessels Unveiled

Royal Vessels Unveiled

In a downpour of ‘heavy’ April showers, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were in London on Wednesday 25 April to visit the Royal Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ and to unveil the newly refurbished ‘Cutty Sark’.

The Queen visited Gloriana at Greenland Pier on the River Thames in London’s Docklands.  The opulently-designed Royal Row Barge is a 94-foot vessel elaborately decorated with gold leaf, and ornately carved.  Gloriana is set to be the star attraction at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June 2012.

Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 86th birthday at the weekend, wore a vibrant red raincoat and matching hat to protect her from the prevailing wind and rain.

Her Majesty also visited the recently refurbished Cutty Sark at her new setting in Greenwich.  The 143-year-old ship is said to be the oldest remaining tea clipper in the world.  In her prime the remarkable tea clipper, one of the fastest of her kind, carried goods from around the globe back to England.

The Cutty Sark was originally built in 1869 and first opened as a public attraction 55 years ago.  The historic vessel has recently been refurbished after it was severely fire-damaged in May 2007.  The £50 million refurbishment project opens to the public on 26 April 2012.

In honour of Her Majesty’s 86th birthday we are offering a special 10% discount off all products in the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee online store.  Just enter the code 10APR at checkout.

Image: Queen Elizabeth II visits Gloriana, the new Royal Row Barge for the first time, at Greenland Pier on the Thames in London’s Docklands.  Photo credit: Jamie Wiseman / PA Wire.