Revealed: Royal Barge for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

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The Spirit of Chartwell will take centre stage at next year’s Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, carrying The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family.

Celebrating The Queen’s 60-year reign, the pageant will be the largest flotilla on the river Thames in modern times, with 1,000 boats taking to the water.

The Spirit of Chartwell was inspired by the Rene Lalique 1929 Pullman railway carriage Cote d’Azur. Some original pieces of the railway carriage can be found on board.

The cruiser will be decorated in the style of the royal barges of the 17th and 18th centuries, using the royal colours, red, gold and purple, and flowers from The Queen’s gardens.