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Queen's Diamond Jubilee barge Gloriana to lead Magna Carta river pageant

Queen's Diamond Jubilee barge Gloriana to lead Magna Carta river pageant

Queen's Diamond Jubilee barge Gloriana to lead Magna Carta river pageant

Gloriana - the row barge which led the river procession for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant in 2012 - will be the flagship boat in the Magna Carta 800th River Relay through Maidenhead and Windsor in June.

Gloriana waits for Her Majesty the Queen. Photo courtesy of Thames Alive.

It will be part of a flotilla of around 200 craft which will travel along the Thames from Hurley to Runnymede on June 13 and 14, as part of the Royal Borough's anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the historic document in 1215.

A copy of the Magna Carta will be transported downstream, along with 'King John' and 'barons', and playlets will be acted out at seven locations along the route, telling the story of the writing of the document.

Click here for details.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "I am so excited that this wonderful row barge will be part of these spectacular once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. Residents will be able to see the flotilla at a number of public locations as it makes its way downstream.

"Magna Carta is the foundation of law and democracy in many parts of the world, not just here in the United Kingdom, and the world's eyes will be on us in June."

A range of activities to celebrate the anniversary has been planned for the borough. Click here or here for details.

The event is being organised in partnership with Thames Alive and Runnymede Borough Council.

Contributions are being made by all partners with the overall costs being underwritten by the Royal Borough.

Registration for boats is open until February 28. Click here for details.

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