Sorry, we couldn’t resist that somewhat flippant headline. What we should really have said, was perhaps: ‘Glorious Gloriana graces Olympic Park’.
Somewhat ungloriously though, this fine vessel was dubbed ‘the royal barge’ when it was built this year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Gloriana is the first royal barge to have been constructed in a hundred years, and in June the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh braved heavy rain and driving winds to sail in it. As almost everyone must know, they headed up the 1,000-strong flotilla of boats that made its way along the Thames as part of the Jubilee pageant.
Flagmakers is pleased to have contributed to the event as well. We helped to make the 94-foot vessel, decorated with gold leaf and ornately carved, look even more spectacular by installing the poles and flags on its decks.
Lord Sterling, who organised public celebrations for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, also commissioned the vessel, which will be remembered as one of the iconic images of 2012. To further enhance its public perception, Gloriana was moored at the Park for the duration of the London Olympics and Paralympics. Our very own Maggie, who visited The Olympics to watch the athletics, took this photo of Gloriana while she was in London.
It’s obviously destined to become a major tourist attraction, so we now have a lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as a memorable legacy of the extremely successful Games held in our capital city.