Blades Roll Out Red Carpet for Queen’s Jubilee

At last, we’re finally able and immensely proud to tell you what we have been working on during recent months. Blades were selected to provide a backdrop of red artificial grass for the Royal Barge that will carry the Queen during the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

This artist’s impression gives us a clue as to how magnificent the Royal Barge will look but we can’t wait to see the finished transformation and we’re understandably thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on such a prestigious project.

The pageant is taking place on June 3rd and will be the centre piece of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A one thousand-strong flotilla will assemble on the Thames, which is apparently the largest flotilla of its kind in modern times. Accommodating The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family, the first sight of the Royal Barge on the Thames will be one of the most highly anticipated moments of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The Royal Barge has been designed by Joseph Bennett and Rachel de Thame. Joseph is a multi-award-winning production designer whose diverse career has included designing for films such as ‘Charlotte Gray’ and ‘Jude’, and the HBO series ‘Rome’, for which he won two Emmy awards. So to have worked with such an inspirational and distinguished design team has been a real privilege for us as well.

Joseph said: “Blades have laid some beautiful red grass which has helped transform the Spirit of Chartwell into the Royal Barge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Their care and professionalism has been very impressive, and we are delighted to have worked with them on this very special project”.

Back in January we were tasked with finding the perfect grass to help bring Joseph’s vision to life. We began installing the sumptuous wine-red artificial grass across the entire top deck in – unfortunately for us – the wettest April on record. It was a challenging few weeks to say the least, but we’re really proud of our installation team and it seems everyone is delighted the end result.