Gloriana will lead procession from Hampton Court Palace this Sunday
By Teddington People | Thursday, May 08, 2014, 15:51
This Sunday will see Her Majesty’s Watermen set off on their annual palace to palace Tudor Pull from the banks of the Thames by Hampton Court Palace.
The traditional annual marathon row from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London celebrates the River Thames and the vital role it has played in the history and development of the capital.
Join the crowds from 10am on Sunday morning, in the shadow of Henry VIII’s majestic Tudor palace when guardianship of the 'Stela' - an ancient piece of water pipe symbolising the power of London's historic waterway - is ceremonially passed to Her Majesty’s Watermen.
You can cheer on the regal rowers who will bear the 'Stela' on its long and stately journey up river to the Tower.
Although the ceremony starts at 10am, the 'Stela' will be taken to Her Majesty's royal barge, the Gloriana, at 10.30am. The procession will start then and will run through the capital by river to the Tower of London.
Along the route, the flotilla, led by the Gloriana and accompanied by a fleet of traditional Thames rowing craft from the city’s historic livery companies, will stop at Teddington, Richmond and Putney. Local well-wishers will be welcome to give Her Majesty’s Watermen a round of applause along their tiring 25 mile route!
The flotilla is expected to arrive at the Tower of London around 4pm, following which, the ‘Stela’ will be presented to the Governor of the Tower of London. After a short ceremony, he will then once again accept the ‘Stela’ under his protection.