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The Diamond Jubilee royal barge Gloriana went on her maiden voyage this afternoon. The 94 foot vessel looked very pretty as she took to the water in Isleworth at high-tide shortly before 3pm. For security reasons, the whole operation was shrouded in secrecy until the last possible moment. Luckily, I live just down the road, so dashed down there. Unfortunately it was wet and rather miserable but several hundred locals turned out to see her off, delivering a damp cheer and a smattering of applause from outside the historic London Apprentice. The sixteen oarsmen – tentatively to begin with – soon got the hang of it and rowed her downriver towards Brentford.

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

diamond jubilee royal barge gloriana

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