BBC News have reported that Gloriana, the barge which led the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012 has crashed into a bridge.
The barge hit Kew Bridge on the River Thames in London at approximately 7pm on Thursday. It is reported that it suffered from engine failure. The boat was blown towards the bridge, and was wedged underneath it by the rising tide. Chiswick RNLI, one of four RNLI stations on the Thames, rescued the boat and towed it to Kew Pier.
“There was superficial damage to gilded carvings on one side and a wooden crown on the stern was knocked overboard” say the BBC. Mark Edwards, who created the boat, which was rowed by famous faces including Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent at last year’s Jubilee Pageant, said that he would repair the damage in the next few days.
“There’s a ping-pong ball-sized hole in the side but it’s well above the waterline so it’s not a problem. There’s a small piece of wood missing from a hand rail and there’s some gold leaf that needs repairing” he said.
The royal barge is due to be on show at Eton Dorney next weekend for the World Rowing Cup. The official website of the organisers states that “the magnificent vessel will be moored up by the Boathouse so spectators will have an opportunity to get a close up view of the Royal masterpiece”.
Buckingham Palace has not commented on the crash, according to the BBC.