Gloriana pictured on the Thames in the annual Tudor Pull

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THE QUEEN’S Row Barge Gloriana has again taken part in the traditional Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London. The colourful annual event sees a flotilla of traditional craft rowed between the two historic riverside locations. A ‘stela’ was handed over to the custody of Her Majesty’s Bargemaster at Hampton Court and carried down the river …

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Lord Mayor’s “No”: City of London pageant sinks Thames flotilla

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A flotilla of traditional Thames craft led by the Queen’s row barge Gloriana has been axed from this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. QRB Gloriana and the Traditional Thames Rowing Association (TTRA) have been told they will not feature in the pageant which takes places in November. The ancient tradition of carrying the new Lord Mayor of London down the river …

Gloriana leads Tudor Pull from Hampton Court to the Tower of London

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The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana once again provided a dose of colourful and regal pagentry on the River Thames on Sunday as she led a flotilla of traditional Thames cutters up the river in the “Tudor Pull”. While runners pounded the streets of the capital in the London Marathon, the Royal Watermen took on a St George’s Day marathon challenge …

Gloriana to lead Thames flotilla celebrating Queen’s 90th birthday

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A STUNNING flotilla on the River Thames will take place on Saturday June 11th to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. QRB Gloriana will lead the flotilla which will include Havengore, famous for carrying Churchill’s coffin on the day of his funeral, and the legendary fireboat Massey Shaw. The Royal shallop Jubilant, the Drapers’ Company barge Royal Thamesis, the Thames Limo charter …

Glorious sunshine for Gloriana’s first engagement of 2016

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana took part in her first engagement of 2016 today in glorious spring sunshine. A crew of Royal Watermen were on board as Gloriana joined the Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace all the way to the Tower of London. A flotilla of traditional Thames cutters were alongside, as well as the Royal shallop Jubilant, as the …

Gloriana bound for St Katharine Docks after winter storage

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames after her period of winter storage at the Port of London Authority’s facility at Denton Wharf, Gravesend. She was lowered in to the Thames by the PLA’s 70-tonne capacity boat-lift shortly before midday and then towed up river to St Katharine Docks by the CPBS-owned tug, Mad Dog. The beautiful 29-metre-long vessel will …

No Gloriana but show goes on for Lord Mayor’s Thames flotilla

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ON a grey, wet Saturday morning last weekend, Lord Mayor’s Day began with a Golden Sunrise on the Thames. New Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans boarded the CPBS party boat vessel Golden Sunrise after bad weather conditions put paid to the Queen’s row barge Gloriana playing her usual role in the Thames flotilla. Strong winds on the preceding day meant it had not been …

Thames salute to the Queen’s long reign

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THE RIVER Thames paid its own tribute to HM The Queen as she became the country’s longest serving monarch last week (9th September). Tower Bridge opened in salute as a small flotilla led by Queen’s row barge Gloriana made its up up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to the Houses of Parliament. HMS Portland was alongside HMS Belfast, adding to …

New permanent home for Gloriana proposed at Twickenham

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A NEW permanent home on the river for the Queen’s Row Barge GLORIANA has been proposed. The vessel was commissioned by former P&O boss and former National Maritime Museum Chairman, Lord Sterling, and launched in 2012 in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following her starring role in the Thames River Pageant of 2012, she has proven to be a …