This article appeared in the Daily Mail online today.
A pair of red-velvet thrones – poorly concealed beneath transparent plastic sheeting – are the giveaway to this magnificent floating palace.
It will carry the Queen along the length of the river Thames ahead of 1,000-strong flotilla of especially selected ships and boats to celebrate Diamond Jubilee.
She will be joined on the gilt-edged perches by The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family in an event that will draw millions of people to London’s river bank on Sunday.
And today hundreds of flowers from the Queen’s gardens were painstakingly laid as the finishing touches to the waterborne extravaganza were being laid.
Decked with flowers from the Queen’s gardens, the Spirit of Chartwell will echo the richly-decorated royal barges of the 17th and 18th centuries and will be the centrepiece of the water-borne extravaganza which celebrates her 60-year reign and the nation’s maritime heritage.