Gloriana is a 90-foot-long British royal barge. She was privately commissioned as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee, the project to build Gloriana was initiated by Lord Sterling who got the idea for a waterborne tribute to the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee from her eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales. Gloriana was presented to the Queen who asked that the barge be operated on her behalf by The Gloriana Trust assisted by Thames Alive, Gloriana is a 90-foot-long rowing barge. She is powered by 18 oarsmen and two inboard engines, and can carry an additional 34 passengers and crew. According to Lord Sterling, the design is inspired by Canalettos London paintings of 18th-century barges, according to The Daily Telegraph, the design resembles the boat used by the Lord Mayor of London in the 1800s. Construction began in November 2011 at a site in Brentford, the team consisted of naval architects Stuart Roy and Ed Burnett working with Project Manager Damian Byrne MVO and the build team was led by master-builder Mark Edwards of Richmond Bridge Boathouses. The barge is built of wood using traditional methods and includes flooring from sweet chestnut trees from Prince Charless estate, the sculpture and ornate carvings were made by Polygon Scenery and finished in gold leaf and fine hand painting by Hare & Humphreys. Glorianas ornately-decorated oars were made by Windsor, Berkshire-based firm J Sutton Blades, on 19 April 2012, Gloriana was transported by road from the factory to the River Thames, being placed in the water for the first time at Isleworth. The Queen officially named her on 25 April 2012, during a visit to re-open the restored Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Gloriana was the vessel in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. She led members of the Royal Family other than the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who were aboard the 210-foot-long MV Spirit of Chartwell, Gloriana carried the Olympic Flame on the river Thames on 27 July 2012, leading three flotillas of rowboats. The rowing crew was drawn from the Olympians Rowing Association with Paul Bircher & Mike Lapage stroking the boat with 14 Olympians, the barge was moored on the Lea Navigation at the Olympic Park in Stratford during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Saturday 15 September 2012, Gloriana was the boat of the Great River Race on the final stretch from Richmond, London to the finishing point at Ham. Gold Medal rower Sophie Hosking and Silver Medallist Rob Williams were aboard Gloriana and she was also rowed by youngsters supported by The Rowing Foundation, the Race’s official charity. She passed under Richmond Bridge before mooring up opposite the finish, below Ham House, on Saturday 13 June 2015 and Sunday 14 June 2015, the Gloriana took part in celebrations commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Accompanied by various other royal boats, including the Royal Shallop Jubilant, she journeyed from Marlow to Runymede, the Gloriana is currently based in St Katharine Docks, London, where she is kept and prepared for usage
The royal barge Gloriana
Gloriana at Henley Royal Regatta 2012
Gloriana at Bray Lock, 23 July 2015. In order to travel along the non-tidal areas of the River Thames, Gloriana is fitted with an inboard motor connected to the wheel and rudder. Her oars are stowed on deck when not in use.