THE royal barge Gloriana is likely to return to the regatta.
Peter Warwick, who chairs Thames Alive, the charity which manages her schedule, says: “Given that her objectives are to promote rowing, it’s a natural marriage to be here at Henley, one of the greatest events in the international rowing calendar.
“We came in 2012 and returned last year because it was so popular. Some people even tell their friends they’ll meet them at Gloriana. ”
So will she be back next year? Mr Warwick says: “It will be entirely down to the stewards and Gloriana’s own calendar of activities.
“I wouldn’t suggest that the barge will become a permanent feature.” Shame!