The Royal Barge – Behind the Scenes 3 Jun 2012
It isn’t often one gets a ‘behind the scenes’ view of detailed preparations for a royal event but with Alex Burnett working for a specialist upholsterer, called in to work on the barge used for the Royal Pageant this very day, we get a privileged view.
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Alex worked specifically on the ornate stands for the floral displays to be arranged by Rachel de Thame, well known to viewers of BBC Gardener’s World, but was also able to get an overview of the development of the whole project.
“Of course we worked to plans,” said Alex. “The general rule seemed to be, if it isn’t covered in red velvet, then gild it, or decorate it with swags and tails!
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However, the designer was on board and on several occasions we completed an area only to be told that the plan had changed and it needed to be unpicked and redone.
The final effect is splendid but unlikely to last for long after the event as it is normally a luxury cruising ship called The Spirit of Chartwell and the owner wants it back!