Sunday 3 June 2012 AFTERNOON
In a fantastic Pageant, of which The Prince of Wales is the Patron, a flotilla of 1,000 boats to mark The Queen’s 60-year reign will travel down the River Thames on Sunday 3 June 2012.
The Pageant will travel from Putney, in the South West London Borough of Wandsworth to Tower Bridge. The full route, including the mustering and dispersal areas, will stretch from Hammersmith to Greenwich Royal Naval College.
Comprising of a myriad of vessels, unique ‘Music Herald Barges’ and an estimated 20,000 participants, the Pageant promises to be spectacular event and is expected to attract an audience of millions worldwide.
Participate in the Pageant
Over 3,000 boats were registered for participation in The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant – however the selection process closed at the end of 2011 - 1,000 boats have been selected to participate in the Pageant.
You will be able to view the procession from along the riverbanks as well as on strategically located outdoor big screens. The Pageant will also be broadcast on live television.
Watch this space for details of live broadcasts and big screen locations.
A limited number of tickets are available to the public for passenger boats taking part in the Pageant – a list of the operators of Thames passenger boats on The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website.
Battersea Park Jubilee Festival
A Jubilee Festival is being held on Sunday 3 June in Battersea Park to coincide with The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Visitors will be able to watch the flotilla from the park’s Thameside location. The festival is being curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey. Entertainment will commence at mid-day and continue until 7pm. It will provide a day-long programme of music and Jubilee-themed entertainment for all the family.
The Sequence of the Flotilla
The flotilla will be divided into ten sections divided by music barges.
Section One: Will be heralded by The Royal Jubilee Bells – a floating bell tower – and led by Gloriana – a handbuilt, 88ft rowbarge – the section will include paddle boats, rowing boats, Dragon boats, Waterman cutters and kayaks. Members of the Ancient Society of College Youths will ring ‘a quarter peal with churches along the route providing an answering peal’.
Section Two: Will comprise of boats carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations, Territories and Dependencies, and a music barge with an orchestra of 22 musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music.
Section Three: A dedicated ‘Royal’ section will the Pageant’s flagship, the Royal Barge – The Spirit of Chartwell – carrying The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by numerous support vessels from the Royal Yacht Britannia as well as the Guard of Honour. Six trumpeters from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will perform a fanfare to herald The Queen as the Royal Barge passes each bridge.
Section Four: A flotilla of ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ accompanied by a music barge with musicians from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.
Section Five: A flotilla of historic vessels accompanied by a music barge featuring the ‘world premiere’ of The Jubilant Commonwealth Choir, and a new song with lyrics by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and music by Orlando Gough.
Section Six: A flotilla of working boats including steam boats and tugs accompanied by a music barge playing a mix of traditional Indian melodies, Scottish tunes and Bollywood anthems by the Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and Shree Muktajeevan Dhol Ensemble.
Section Seven: A flotilla of leisure vessels, accompanied by a music barge featuring the ‘world premiere’ of a new movement ‘New Water Music for the Diamond Jubilee’ created by British film composers.
Section Eight: A flotilla of narrow boats and Dutch barges, accompanied by a music barge featuring the ‘world premiere’ of The Mayor’s Junior Jubilee Brass Band created for the Pageant by The Lord Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians.
Section Nine: Passenger vessels with a limited number of tickets available to the public via operators of Thames passenger boats. Details of music barge to be announced.
Section Ten: Passenger vessels with a limited number of tickets available to the public via operators of Thames passenger boats. The London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Last Night of the Proms style repertoire on the accompanying music barge.
Main Image: Flotilla Illustration credited to Josh Knowles