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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee rowbarge Gloriana arrives into Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 09:43 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 05 October 2017

Student achievers on the Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, in the Royal Docks

Student achievers on the Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, in the Royal Docks

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant vessel has been spotted in the Royal Docks as part of a trip to reward able pupils.

Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, was seen gliding down the River Thames in 2012 by millions on TV as part of a 1,000-strong flotilla to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

The regal boat now forms the centrepiece of an educational fun day at Royal Albert Dock, Newham, recognising schools that have vastly improved their academic results.

More than 80 youngsters, from five London academies within the Harris Federation, learned how to row yesterday before going on to compete in the Gloriana Achievers’ Regatta.

The top two-performing crews then rowed the royal vessel in the Achievers’ Day Flotilla for the event’s second year.

Lord Harris, chairman of The Harris Federation, said: “The winning crews will be so proud to say they’ve crewed HM The Queen’s Row Barge.”

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