Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

I spent most of Sunday down by the Thames watching the spectacular Diamond Jubilee Pageant. After heading down to London Bridge six hours before the flotilla was due to arrive all of the publicly accessible vantage points had been taken. The stewards were less than helpful giving conflicting advice, or no advice at all. From London Bridge we took the tube up to Sloane Square from where we walked to Chelsea Bridge and along the embankment where we found a suitable spot directly opposite the Peace Pagoda in Battersea park. Three hours later the flotilla began to arrive. By this time the crowds along the bank were around ten people deep. The procession started with a number of floating floating belfry’s, followed by the main flotilla which was led by the rowing barge Gloriana. It took about 45 minutes for all of the 1000 boats of varying ages, shapes and sizes to pass. The main royal party were on board the royal barge “Spirit of Chartwell”. Once the flotilla had passed, the rain began to really threaten so it was time to head back across London to watch the remainder of the events on Television. An amazing once-in-a-lifetime event.

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