Monday 19th September 2022

Gloriana paid her final respects, clad in black and with oars tossed in salute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Runnymede as she made her final journey to Windsor Castle. It was our final tribute as part of an extraordinary culmination of sadness and celebration of a most wonderful seven decades of service and duty to all of us.

Gloriana was accompanied by several rowing boats from Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club, Henley Whalers and Langstone Cutters, as well as the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, all in salute as the funeral cortége passed by.

Queen's funeral flotilla at Runnymede 19th September 2022
Best passing, oars tossed in salute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Runnymede
Rowers of Gloriana on day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral at Runnymede

Credit: © Tim Hodges Photography 2022

Friday 9th September 2022

A brief message of condolence was sent to His Majesty King Charles III from Lord Sterling on behalf of all involved at the Gloriana Trust.


Her Majesty The Queen named the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty asked that Gloriana be retained by Lord Sterling and the charitable trust for Gloriana and approved the principle that Gloriana will be used to promote better use of the Thames. This will be achieved through providing opportunities for Royal-supported, and other charities, to play their part in occasions and celebrations upon the Thames, with a particular emphasis on events involving young people.


Gloriana Stern View

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HM Queen Elizabeth on Gloriana

Gloriana The Queen’s Rowbarge is a lasting legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Her immediate realm is the River Thames and London, but Gloriana also celebrates the Commonwealth, which delivers a truly international dimension to her presence. The crests of 16 Commonwealth countries adorn the outside of the coach.

Gloriana is an inspiration for national pride, a showcase for traditional British boat-building and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people, especially young people, to engage with the River Thames and the sport of rowing.

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Message from Lord Sterling, Chairman of the Gloriana Trust, which looks after the Her Majesty the Queen’s Row Barge, on behalf of the whole team.

All involved with Her Majesty the Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana share in the great sadness following His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT crossing the bar.
The insignia of Lord High Admiral granted to the Duke of Edinburgh is proudly displayed on the aft end of the saloon on board Gloriana.

HM the Queen and Prince Philip with Lord Sterling aboard Gloriana


Lord Sterling and the Trustees of The Gloriana Trust are most grateful for the splendid support provided by The Maritime Heritage Trust and in particular by their Chairman, David Morgan, from the early stages of design and construction through to the setting up of The Gloriana Trust.

Gloriana, The Queen's Rowbarge

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Thank You Malcolm Knight

After more than six years playing a central role in Gloriana’s attendance at prestigious events up and down the River Thames, Malcolm Knight, our Events Manager, has decided to step down from his role. All those who have rowed in and supported Gloriana will wish to join in thanking Malcolm for his tremendous hard work over the years. Malcolm has worked tirelessly with the many organisations who have played a part in Gloriana’s activities and has been responsible for much of the detailed work that goes on behind the scenes for every outing, from arranging crew to identifying suitable and safe moorings, filing passage plans to polishing the brass. We are all enormously grateful to him and wish him well for the future.

Welcome Keith Baldwin

We are pleased to welcome Keith Baldwin to the Gloriana team. Keith will take on the role of General Manager, Gloriana Services Ltd. He will be a key contact for those who wish to arrange events or offer support to Gloriana. Keith brings much experience of the River Thames from his time as a competitive Masters rower, which still continues. He was also President of his rowing club (Twickenham Rowing Club) during a period of rebuilding of the clubhouse and also brings much business experience.

The rest of the Gloriana Team will continue as before. Please contact us either via the Website Enquiry Form or by email at

Britain is famous across the world as a country rich in heritage and pageantry, and our strong naval traditions are carried on by a history of sporting success in rowing. This vessel unites these two strengths very neatly in this Jubilee and Olympic year, and I very much look forward to seeing the finished article on the river and joining Steve in the boat.  

Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Chairman of the Port of London Authority

The Olympic Torch Relay

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Letter from Her Majesty the Queen

HMQ letter 2016