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The Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames were the fascinating exhibit I viewed at the Greenwich National Maritime Museum; the basis of this exhibit the River Thames and past monarchies. In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the royal river procession in which a barge of boats sail down the River Thames. This used to be a Lord Mayor Celebration feature but ended with the 1856 river procession. The Queen’s 2012 jubilee brought back for the special occasion. I made that connection when I saw the painting of the last Lord Mayor of London River Procession. It was great exhibit and I was happy to visit Greenwich even though parts of it were off limits due to the Olympics.
My favorite features of this exhibit were:
• Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours. The book was opened up to a page in which she had handwritten this passage in regard to Henry VIII ‘ Be daly prove you shall me fynd/ To be to you both movygne and kynde.’
• George III’s astronomical clock. The clock was made by his own design and was said to be one of the finest designs of the period. There are dials on all four sides that show the time, position of the planets, moon phases and the tide at various ports.
• An 1846 painting of Albert Edward Prince of Wales (son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert). In this painting he is wearing a sailor outfit. This is what launched the fashion for children’s sailor suits.
• Charter of Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Charles I established in 1631 the Clockmaker’s Company or Masters Wardens and Fellowship of the Art or Mystery of Clockmaking City of London. This charter allowed the company to regulate clock trade within the city.
• ‘Range all thy swan fair Thames together in a rank/ And place them duly one by one upon thy stately bank.’ I can’t really remember exactly where this came from but it was written on a display and I thought it was really neat and well said. It shows how much the river Thames means to the people of London past, present and future.
In order to gain a lasting impression of this great exhibit visit the following link: