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Inside the Spirit of Chartwell—the royal barge for the Queen’s Jubilee

On my recent trip to Brighton with the England Tourism Board, I also had the opportunity to visit a few Royal sites in London. My knowledge of the British monarchy is pretty slim (I know there’s something to do with a sword in a stone, and a church, and a beheaded Queen locked up in a tower…) but I do know that this year is an important one for the monarchy. It’s the Queen’s Jubilee celebrating 60 years of royal reign.

Part of the Jubilee celebrations includes a parade of boats—officially called the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The central weekend of the Jubilee celebrations is from June 2 to June 5 when most of London will (predictably) be full of tourists and touts. The boat pageant (which will feature over 1,000 boats on the river Thames) will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3.

I got a sneak peak of the boat that the Queen herself (and 40 other Royals) will be on board during the 3-hour pageant—the Spirit of Chartwell.

The Spirit of Chartwell will be completely decked out for the Royal Jubilee—including gardens & flowers inside and out and space for a BBC news crew. A new sculpture is being designed and created for the boat’s prow.

The roof of the Spirit of Chartwell (the royal barge) will look nothing like what you can see today. The royal throne will be on board as well as banners depicting the various coats of arms from each of the Commonwealth countries.


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  2. Laurence says:

    That reminded me that this is on today. Took a peek at the live stream on the BBC site.. looks terribly exciting ;)

    • Adam says:

      I didn’t catch any of it but I heard quite a bit about the preparations for it – sounded exciting…

  3. Looks like a barge fit for a queen!

    • Adam says:

      And this was before they even decked it out for the boat parade! Have you seen photos from it today? Incredible!

  4. Ali says:

    Looks like a pretty nice boat! I don’t really know anything about the British monarchy or the jubilee stuff either.

    • Adam says:

      I didn’t know much until I visited London a few months ago. All the Jubilee activities seemed pretty interesting though – it’s incredible how much money goes into it and how much tourism it’ll drive.

  5. Dang, swanky! I can only imagine what it will look like with a royal throne on the roof…

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