The Gloriana passes HMS Belfast

Gloriana at Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Royal barge Gloriana led a flotilla of boats down the River Thames in London to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on Saturday 11th June 2016. A crew of able-bodied and adaptive rowers with disabilities manned the vessel, with guests including Lord Sterling and Sir Steven Redgrave on-board. The small-boat flotilla comprised vessels from every […]

The Completed Model of Gloriana

Robin Johnson and his story of the wonderful Gloriana Model

As soon as I saw QRB Gloriana I wanted to build a model of her so, following some research on Google, I contacted the designer, Stuart Roy, who was able to provide me with the plans. I then did some maths and adjusted the plans to 1–32 scale and began to build. The model is […]

St Pauls looks on at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

On Sunday, 3 June 2012 The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a glorious river pageant on the Thames that involved a thousand boats, over 250 of which were man-powered. Carrying State Trumpeters, Gloriana had pride of place leading this squadron and the flotilla as a whole, creating what The Times described as ‘the Canaletto […]

The Oympian crew at Hampton

Olympic Torch Relay

The last day of the Olympic Torch Relay on 27 July 2012 was by river from Hampton Court Palace to City Hall in the Pool of London. Gloriana carried the Olympic flame and seven young torchbearers who took it in turns over the course of the morning to carry a torch, lit from the cauldron […]

Gloriana leading the annual Tudor Pull

The Tudor Pull

Gloriana takes part in the annual Tudor Pull from Hampton Court to HM Tower of London with HM Barge Master and a crew of Watermen from the Watermen & Lightermen Company. The event is to transport the ‘Stela’, a slice of ancient wooden water pipe, which is handed in to the charge of HM Barge Master […]

Gloriana at Hampton Court Palace courtesy of Rob Powell

Hampton Court Palace Festival 2014

As part of the George 1 celebrations at Hampton Court, Gloriana was chartered to carry “King George” and members of his Court to the Palace each day over the Easter weekend. Volunteer rowing crews drawn from local clubs rowed each morning, crowds came to welcome the King ashore at the start of the days events […]

Ahoy there! An accompanying crew stop in front of St Paul's Cathedral

The Lord Mayor’s Flotilla 2013

The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana carried the new Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, to the City of London escorted by 20 cutters, Shallops and gigs from the City Livery Companies, Associations and clubs. A splendid start to a wonderful day.

Richmond Borough Council Row Tossed Oars

Richmond Upon Thames Borough Council Row

Over the months there had been various meetings and discussions with members of Richmond Borough Council about a long term home moorings for Gloriana. On 23rd September Lord True, leader of RBC, invited the Mayor of Richmond, members of the Council and other influential local residents to a meeting aboard Gloriana in Twickenham to discuss […]

A view of the rudder paintwork

Winter Storage

During the winter the Queen’s Rowbarge is laid up at the Port of London yard at Denton, Gravesend after being craned out and stored in a marquee. The winter works completed each year provide the opportunity to complete maintenance tasks and add layers of varnish to enhance the finish on all the woodwork.

Gloriana at Henley Royal Regatta 2013

Gloriana arrived for her second visit to Henley Royal Regatta on 29th June 2013. On the Sunday after the final race a crew of juniors from the three local rowing clubs – Henley RC, Leander Club and Upper Thames RC, rowed QRB up the course to rousing cheers from the spectators. The crew tossed oars […]