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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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour in South Wales

April 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yesterday we saw the Queen and Prince Phillip visited the royal barge Gloriana in London as preparation for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant get underway.  Delighted with the royal barge the royal couple set off to South Wales this morning to complete the welsh leg of the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the UK.

The Queen arrived in Cardiff via train before been whisked away for a special service of thanksgiving at Llandaff Cathedral which appeared to be a lovely welcome to Wales. This afternoon she will visit Margam Country Park and meet with school pupils in Merthyr Tydfil.

The Queen at Llandaff Cathedral

The Queen at Llandaff Cathedral

The Queen has received a wonderful reception in Wales from those who are excited about Diamond Jubilee celebration and seems to be really enjoying her tour of the UK. During the next couple of weeks she’s expected to visit areas of the south west of England- something to look forward to if you’re in the area.

 Check out the full list of town and cities which the Queen will be visiting here.

The Queen names Royal Jubilee barge Gloriana.

April 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are getting ever closer and excitement is beginning to mount as finer details as to what we can expect from the Jubilee weekend are starting to be unveiled.

Today the Queen has visited docks in London where Gloriana, the royal barge built specifically for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is currently anchored. This was the Queens and the Duke of Edinburgh first look at the royal barge, the first to be built in 100 years.

The Queen on board royal jubilee barge Gloriana

The Queen on board royal jubilee barge Gloriana

Constructed over a four year period with the help of over 60 skilled craftsmen, Gloriana epitomises the grandness of such a rare royal occasion. With exquisite carving and an elaborate gold leaf design it will lead The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is set to be one of the most pivotal points of the Jubilee celebrations with over 1000 boats siling down the Thames in honour of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Although the Royal Family won’t travel on the royal barge it will be the main exhibit and manned by a team of 18 skilled oarsmen, one of whom will be British Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Gloriana practice run

Gloriana, royal barge in practice

Preparations to ensure that the river pageant is as spectacular as possible are already underway as Gloriana was taken for its first practice run along the Thames last week. Photographs of its first outing show just how vast and regal the royal barge is. I can’t wait to see it in action on the day.

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