A Day Out with QEST at the Gloriana

Last week we were thrilled to be invited to a fantastic event at St Katherine Docks put on by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust celebrating in their 25th year. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust is a charitable organisation set up as part of the Royal Warrant Holders Association in order to help promote skilled craft and industry in Britain. QEST fund the education of talented craftspeople through a variety of different methods including college courses, apprenticeships and one-to-one training with masters. Taking place on the Gloriana Queen’s Rowbarge, we played witness to the heart of British craftsmanship still alive and well. As Royal Warrant Holders for many years, it’s wonderful for our team at Tom Smith to be able to support such an organisation.


Gloriana: The Queen’s Rowbarge

The Queen’s Rowbarge was created to celebrate Her Royal Highness’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Here’s a short insight into it’s history from the official website as well as a few of our snaps from the day!

 “Her Majesty The Queen named the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty has asked that Gloriana be retained by Lord Sterling and the Maritime Heritage Trust with assistance from Thames Alive and has approved the principle that Gloriana will be used to promote better use of the Thames. This can be achieved through providing opportunities for Royal-supported, and other charities, to play their part in occasions and celebrations upon the Thames, with a particular emphasis on events involving young people.

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The decorative design was created by Hare & Humphreys to reflect the tradition of historic Royal barges while also incorporating references to HM The Queen’s 60 years as reigning monarch. Personalised tributes were added in recognition of the long lasting marriage and support from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the form of the emblems of the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, which can be seen painted either side of the rear cabin entrance. In November 2011 the rank of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, one of the Great Offices of State dating back to Mediaeval times, was bestowed by The Queen on HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

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The cabin exterior is clad with fluted pilasters and gilded Corinthian capitals with centralised hand painted national emblems of each of Her Majesty’s 16 realms of the commonwealth, as well as the flags of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.”


A Grand Day Out

As a South-Wales based company it was fabulous for us to get out to London to meet with people at the pinnacles of their own industries, all supporting the great work of the QEST charity. Even more so, it was inspiring to hear the plans for the future of QEST from Nick Farrow (pictured below) who delighted us with a quick speech and even honoured us with some rather fancy QEST pins! Thank you to Nick and all of the team involved for a truly wonderful summer event!