Over one thousand boats will muster on
the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to take part
in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The formal river procession will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting
upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge. The
boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse from
Tower Bridge to West India Docks.
It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the
river. Rowed boats and working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes
and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags,
their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed
forces, fire, police, rescue and other services will be afloat and there
will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels
and other boats of note.
The flotilla will be bolstered with passenger boats carrying up to
30,000 flag-waving members of the public placed centre stage (or rather
mid-river) in this floating celebration of Her Majesty's 60 year reign.
The spectacle will be further enhanced with music barges and boats
spouting geysers. Moreover, there will be specially constructed elements
such as a floating belfry, its chiming bells answered by those from
The opening ceremony of London's Olympic Games will be just six
weeks away and the public that crowd the riverbanks and bridges will
give a rousing reception to the many boats that have travelled from far
and wide to represent UK port cities, the Commonwealth countries and
other international interests. Downriver of London Bridge, there will be
a gun salute and the flotilla will passes through a spectacular avenue
of sails made by traditional Thames sailing boats, oyster smacks, square
riggers, naval vessels and other impressive ships.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrates Her Majesty's 60
years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life; making it
joyously full with boats, resounding with clanging bells, tooting horns
and sounding whistles; recalling both its royal heritage and its heyday
as a working, bustling river.