Eight Royal Jubilee Bells are to be cast to commemorate 60-years of The Queen’s reign.
The first bell, which weighs an impressive half-a-ton, is the largest of the eight bells. Cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in East London, the Royal Jubilee Bell has been named ‘Elizabeth’ in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.
The additional seven Royal Jubilee Bells, which are to be cast over the coming weeks, will be named after The Queen’s closest family members – Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William and Harry.
The Royal Jubilee Bell ‘Elizabeth’ will play a significant role in the spectacular Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which takes place on Sunday 3 June 2012 as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend Celebrations.
For the first time in history, a floating bell tower will be constructed to house a Royal Jubilee Bell. The floating bell tower is to be the music barge ‘The Royal Jubilee Bells’ in the first section of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
As the Jubilee Pageant processes down the River Thames, Members of the Ancient Society of College Youths will ring a quarter peal, with churches along the route of the Pageant returning answering peals.
The floating bell tower will herald not only a wonderful sight but a wonderful sound that will ring out across the City of London … an historic Royal moment not to be missed.
A flotilla of 1,000 boats is to participate in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Members of the public will be able to view the procession from along the riverbanks of the Thames, as well as on outdoor big screens and live television broadcasts.
The Royal Jubilee Bell ‘Elizabeth’ has been sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Vintners. The Vintners’ Company, which has strong links with the UK wine trade, is one of the great 12 livery companies that have flourished in the City of London for many centuries.
Image: Pageant Route Map courtesy of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant