A royal ship made for the Diamond Jubilee guided a fleet through Windsor on the River Thames today, as part of the third celebration to mark Her Majesty’s 70th Jubilee on the Throne.
The rowing procession was led by Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, built in 2012 and led the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.
Costing £1 million, the 88ft royal rowboat was the first to be built in over a century. It was carefully hand-built over four years by 60 craftsmen.
Decorated in gold leaf and ornately carved, with 3ft of gold lions, the boat harks back 200 years to the time when kings and queens traveled the water in lavish style.
The procession included up to 30 different types of craft, including racing boats, 10 touring quads and up to a dozen skiffs.
There was also a Bedford Whaler, an outrigger kayak, and a dragon boat that joined the group.
The procession passed through Windsor to hordes of flag-waved crowds as the Queen spends the day in the castle and is expected to watch the Epsom Derby from television after she was unable to attend in person.
The rowing procession was led by Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, built in 2012 and led the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla in London
The Gloriana was powered by a crew of rowers dressed in red
The procession included up to 30 different types of craft including racing boats, 10 touring quads and up to a dozen skiffs
The golden Gloriana took center stage and was greeted by those in the procession
Rowers raise their oars during the festive procession in Windsor
Gloriana, a £2million royal ship from the Queen, leads manpower to Westminster Bridge during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration on the Thames in June 2012
It traveled downstream from Boveney Lock, through Windsor on its journey to Staines.
Representatives from rowing clubs in the area participated, as well as rowers from The Windsor Boys’ School.
The group saluted by raising their oars before the Gloriana continued its journey to Romney Lock.
Aboard the rowboat was Lord Sterling, the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, along with other dignitaries and invited guests.
People gathered along the riverbank and on the Windsor and Eton pedestrian bridge to watch the spectacle go by.
The Gloriana guided rowboats as they traveled downstream from Boveney Lock, through Windsor
Crowds gathered in the royal city to watch the procession from the riverbank and bridges
People watched the group make their way through the River Thames, through Windsor
Aboard the Gloriana was Lord Sterling, the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, along with other dignitaries and invited guests.
Around noon, ships rang out across the UK for a nationwide salute to the Queen.
The UK Chamber of Shipping organized the simultaneous salute to celebrate Her Majesty’s ties to the maritime world.
The Royal Family has sailed on 83 royal yachts, including HMY Britannia.
All Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Recreational Boats were invited to participate, regardless of size, MyLondon reported.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described Britain as a “proud maritime nation” when discussing the synchronized salute.
Rowers aboard the Gloriana raise their oars as other crafts gather for the procession
Rowers participating in the rowing procession salute on the river with their hats
Dressed in Union flags, two rowers are led by a helmsman who directs their route along the river
Representatives from rowing clubs in the area participated, along with rowers from The Windsor Boys’ School
Union flags were everywhere, with bunting on tour boats and a kayak
A man paddles his kayak decorated with flags as part of the anniversary celebration
He had a special Platinum Jubilee flag flying out of the kayak
Dragon boat rowers sail down the river wearing tiaras on their heads
Face-painted union flags, themed belts and tiaras were seen on the dragon boat
Cowboy hats, balloons and buntings with the Union flag all appeared on the river
A man waves his union flag hat from a tour boat decorated for the occasion
People watch from barges decorated with Union flags as they wait for a fleet led by Gloriana