Gloriana

@telmesh (1793)
April 19, 2012 2:24am CST
The rowing barge that will be called Gloriana and will lead the Queen of England's celebration flotilla of a thousand boats is to be floated on the Thames for the first time today since it's conversion from the boat that was made in Rotterdam. It has been restyled into a Viking style design and really looks the part in it's dark reds and gold design produced by a film set designer. The boat will be presented to the Queen afterwards. Poor substitute for a Royal Yacht but there it's a sign of the times I suppose. Anyone want to comment??
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
21 Apr 12
So Gloriana building costs is only about half of the original Royal Yacht design, and restyled into sort of like Viking boat, i assume it sound great to all the Brit. tax payers, or it just doesn't matter to majority of Brit. since the Queen of England should always get the best and most expensive design in anyway possible. Close to half a million pound of expenditure is anything except poor substitute, it is still a hell of lot of money in this time of the year come out from the tax payer shallow and torn pocket.
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@telmesh (1793)
22 Apr 12
Britain throws an awful lot more away in fines to the international court of justice. Spending on failed defence projects are by far the largest amount of wasted money. The money spent on the Queen is considered to be good value for money. It's the rest of the family that also cost but a lot of them have their own estates and even Prince Charles has an independent income.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
22 Apr 12
If that is the case in majority of Brit. thought, i assume the P.M and parliament need to approve more dough ($$)on this extravagant Royal Parade expenditure, they need to spend another few million on restyling the design and raise the level of public awareness on this coming jubilee in world stage. After all, they should limit spending on failed defense projects and on International Court of Justice, and use the public fund in a way that allow them to get more value out of it. Way to GO, my friend! Keep it up....
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@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
20 Apr 12
I just looked up the launching on the internet since I'm in the USA. I knew nothing about the celebration but I'm always delighted to learn of historic events. It looks like the celebration will be glorious. I really wonder if the cost of the barge is any cheaper than a Royal Yacht. I've never been to England and unfortunately, I will be forced to enjoy the event by way of the internet. Thanks for the information.
@telmesh (1793)
20 Apr 12
To try and satisfy your curiosity, the barge known now as the Gloriana cost approximately £500,000 pounds whereas a Royal Yacht would cost millions so no comparison really. As for your not having been able to visit England, it's a bit of a curiosity itself really everything being quite tightly packed when compared to the states. Even when it comes to farmland, with grain growing areas in the states it's hard to see the boundaries. Whereas in Britain the same area would be like a patchwork quilt with hedgerows dividing individual fields.