Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

May 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Thames River Pageant is one of, if not, the most anticipated event of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend. The floating show will see over 1000 boats from across the country and Commonwealth, sail down the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June in the grandest and most magnificent style. I have to say that I’m really looking forward to the spectacular as I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing such a nautical extravaganza. 

The River Pageant will start on Sunday afternoon from about 2pm when the Queen is expected to arrive. Jubilee bells will be sounded to mark the start of the Pageant at around 2.40pm and the Royal Barge, which the Queen and the Royal family will be abroad, will join the flotilla at around 3pm.

artist impression Thames Pageant

An artist impression of the River Thames Pageant

The Royal Barge, The Spirit of the Chartwell will be joined by over 1000 boats which will all be dressed and polished ready for the occasion. Expect to see the Jubilee Barge Gloriana along with historic, working and rowed boats plus barges, narrow boats and vessels as the River Pageant is promised to be a floating display of patriotic beauty like you’ve never seen before.

The 1000 boats will travel 7 miles of the Thames, starting at Albert Bridge before making their way past Battersea Park, Westminster Bridge, and Waterloo Bridge and finally coming to an end at Tower Bridge. Throughout the route are observation areas and big screens for spectators to enjoy the Pageant from.

River Pageant Route

The River Thames Pageant Route Map

The BBC have created a brilliant online interactive map and guide of the River Pageant which I’d recommend visiting. The site is complete with photographs and videos, which allows you to explore the river route and discover more about the boats and people taking part in the River Pageant.

I think the River Pageant will be an occasion that most people will remember the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee by because it’s set to be so impressive and the Pageant is packed with historic and significant snippets which you might not even be aware of. For example The Amazon, which is taking part in 2012’s Pageant, also took part in Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. Visit the official Thames Pageant website for more information and key facts.

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