Royal barge sold to Portugal

Spirit of Chartwell goes overseas less than three months after Jubilee

The Queen’s royal barge has

been sold abroad less than three months after taking part in the Thames Diamond

Jubilee Pageant. Spirit of Chartwell received a multi-million pound makeover

prior to carrying HM The Queen, Prince Philip, and other senior members of the

Royal Family during the parade on 3 June.

The 64-metre long luxury

river cruise vessel, owned by Magna Carta Steamship Company, was given an

ornate gilded bow and outfitted in red, gold and purple in the style of a luxury

Pullman express train to fit her for her temporary royal role. She was given

special permission to fly the white ensign while the Royal party was aboard, a

privilege usually available only to vessels of the Royal Navy or the Royal

Yacht Squadron.     

Sprit of Chartwell was towed

from Ramsgate this week bound for her new home in Portugal where she will be

refitted to become a river cruise ship on the Douro River. Jill Gallard, the

British Ambassador to Portugal, welcomed the vessel’s imminent arrival, saying,

“I am delighted to hear that the Royal Barge used in the Queen’s Jubilee

flotilla will be finding a long-term home in Portugal”.