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Cutty Sark to be reopened by Queen five years after fire and £50m restoration

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

*The Cutty Sark is to be formally reopened by the Queen in Greenwich, five years after the 19th century tea clipper was gutted by a blaze in the early stages of a £50million restoration.*

A worker cleans windows around the Cutty Sark before its official reopening (Picture: Reuters)

The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, who has a longstanding connection to the ship after co-founding the Cutty Sark Society in 1951 to help safeguard its future.

As part of their visit to Greenwich, which is being made a royal borough to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the royals will also visit the nearby National Maritime Museum.

Final adjustments are made to the ropes on the deck of the newly-refurbished Cutty Sark (Picture: Getty)

There they will open a new exhibition curated by historian David Starkey that explores the relationship between the monarch, the City of London and its people through the prism of the River Thames.

Celebrating the Queen's 60-year reign and 75th anniversary of the museum opening the exhibition features paintings, manuscripts and other artefacts including an autographed Handel score for Music for the Royal Fireworks.

The Canary Wharf business district visible past the bow of the Cutty Sark (Picture: Getty)

Other highlights include stern carvings from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert III and a collection of artwork by Venetian artist Canaletto.

After touring Greenwich the Queen and Prince Philip will visit nearby Southwark where the Queen will officially name the 94ft row boat Gloriana, which is set to take centre stage at this summer's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

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Source: Agence France-Presse - on April 25, 2012

News video: Queen to re-open Britain's historic Cutty Sark ship

Queen to re-open Britain's historic Cutty Sark ship

The restored Cutty Sark will be re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, five years after the 19th century British tea clipper was ravaged by fire. Duration: 01:08

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