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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames at the National Maritime Museum

Explore the Royal Family's relationship with London's greatest thoroughfare, the Thames, at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

As well as being The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, 2012 sees the 75th birthday of the National Maritime Museum. Royal River celebrates them both by exploring the relationship between British monarchs and the River Thames throughout history.

As long as London has existed, the Thames has been used by British royals to display their power, pomp and pageantry. Royal River exhibits over 350 paintings, manuscripts and rare objects which throw light on this history, some of them on loan from the Royal Collection.

Royal River is curated by one of Britain’s leading historians, David Starkey. His work includes several best-selling history books and television documentaries about Britain's famous monarchs. Starkey has curated two previous exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

Located in Greenwich Park, the venue for London 2012 equestrian and modern pentathlon events, the National Maritime Museum is perfectly placed to welcome Games visitors. Royal River remains open throughout the Olympic and Paralympic period.

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