Details of the ‘spectacular 1,000-ship Jubilee Flotilla’ have been announced by the organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The 1,000 boats selected as part of the flotilla were chosen from 3,000 entries and reflect the maritime history of the UK.
The Jubilee Flotilla will comprise of a myriad of vessels from steam boats to tall ships, from cruisers to kayaks and from Dunkirk little ships to Dragon boats.
Travelling down the River Thames, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant will begin in Putney in the South West London Borough of Wandsworth and culminate at Tower Bridge.
A beautiful Royal Barge – The Spirit of Chartwell – decorated in red and gold and featuring The Queen’s cipher and a crown will carry The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of the Royal Family. The Prince of Wales has been announced as Patron of the Pageant.
Music will play an important part of the Pageant. New compositions and songs will be played on special ‘musical barges’. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written the words for a new song to be accompanied by music composed by Orlando Gough.
Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation is the main organiser of the Pageant. Commenting on the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website he states: “Our aspirations for this wonderful tribute to The Queen are coming together very well. We are delighted that The Prince of Wales has agreed to be our Patron. We are also very pleased to be able to announce Sainsbury’s as our first major corporate partner. This is a hugely ambitious project and it is gathering momentum day by day.”
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant takes place on Sunday 3 June as part of the official central weekend celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Pageant is one of the main celebrations being held to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
As part of the planned activities for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a festival will be held in Battersea Park, where members of the public will be able to watch the Jubilee Flotilla as it passes by the park’s northern Thameside.
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Image: Lord Salisbury during a press briefing on the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant at City Hall, London on 18 January 2012. Photo credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire