Cutty Sark and Royal Barge unveiled by Queen

Queen Elizabeth visits Greenwich to unveil the fully refurbished Tea Clipper and officially name the Royal Row Barge, Gloriana, which is to lead the Diamond Jubilee Pageant

MBM was at Greenwich today for the official unveiling of the Cutty Sark. One of the world’s most famous sailing ships and a London landmark, a major fire in 2007 nearly destroyed the Cutty Sark and she has been shut away from public view ever since.
A total of £50million, including a £25million lottery donation, has been spent on her refurbishments, including a new glass structure allowing visitors to walk under her hull.
Her Majesty the Queen officially unveiled the ship, whilst later at Greenland Pier, the Royal Row Barge, Gloriana, was rowed up the Thames from Richmond to be officially named by her Majesty.
On Sunday MBM went to Richmond Bridge Boathouses, in south-west London, to see the progress of Gloriana. At the time there was clearly still much work to be done, but in only a few days boatbuilders have transformed the 96ft (29m) vessel into something that is now fit for a Queen.

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