Royal Barge takes to the water for the first time in 15 years



Originally used as the tender to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Barge has been launched for the first time in 15 years, to play a major role in the Thames Diamond Jubilee on 3 June.

She will be tasked with the job of transporting Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to The Spirit of Chartwell. Peter Young, the last coxswain of the barge will helm her during the Pageant.

The Jubilee Pageant will see 1000 boats convoy down the Thames to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the Throne. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will lead the flotilla aboard The Spirit of Chartwell, which is currently undergoing cosmetic upgrades, including a two tonne bow sculpture