We were extremely honoured on Monday to have The Gloriana Royal Barge moor next to boat Geanna in Henley-On-Thames. Just after mid-day our new Royal neighbour Gloriana pulled along side boat Geanna as she moored just forward of us. As a celebration and lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Barge Gloriana was comissioned by Lord Sterling and small syndicate consisting of The Gosling Foundation, Eyal Ofer, Lloyd’s Register, and the Weston Foundation.
The Queen’s row Barge has 18 oarsman and its design utilised structures and techniques that have changed little since the clinker built (with the planks overlapping) long-boats of the Viking age. The Royal barge has taken part in a number of high profile events last year, such as leading the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on 3rd June 2012 and London Olympics.
The Barge arrived for the opening of Henley-On-Thames Royal Regatta which opens on 3rd July 2013.
Our guests on boat Geanna had an unexpected treat when the Royal barge arrived. We wish the Henley Regatta every success this year.