THE ROYAL barge that led the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant was not so regal when she got wedged under Kew Bridge.
Rowing barge Gloriana, whose hull was built in Brentford, got trapped under the stone arch yesterday (13) afternoon after both her engines failed and the incoming tide pulled her into the bridge.
Chiswick RNLI lifeboat crews came to the rescue but as they were discussing with the skipper how to extract her, the wind blew her away from one side of the bridge and jammed her into the other side, despite the lifeboat crew trying to get in between the boat and the bridge.
However, a tow line was quickly rigged to Gloriana and the lifeboat pulled her through the bridge and berthed alongside Kew Pier.
Unfortunately, during the recovery the aft platform of the lifeboat came in contact with the 64 metre long boat, causing slight damage to both boats.
David Clarke, from Chiswick RNLI, said: "It was important that the recovery was carried out quickly as the tide was still rising and Gloriana would have become even more ?rmly wedged under the bridge causing further damage to its superstructure."