River Thames Pageant


Details of 1,000 vessels revealed Repertoire for all 10 music barges announced Large parts of Central London riverside and bridges pedestrianised Battersea Park tickets on sale to the public The organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have today released the final details of the 1,000-boat tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign. The largest public event of the Diamond Jubilee weekend and potentially the largest live public event ever held in London, the Pageant will take place on Sunday 3rd June on the river from above Battersea to below Tower Bridge. The flotilla itself will be over seven miles long and – including mustering, dispersal and the avenue of sail – will include some 25 miles of Thames river bank. The flotilla will pass under all 13 Central London river crossings, from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, and will take at least 75 minutes to pass any given point. This unique spectacle, inspired by a rich history and tradition of entertainment and theatre on the Thames, will include up to 20,000 participants on the water and up to a million spectators on the river banks and public spaces. The major broadcasters expect the global audience to number in the billions. Details of the boats participating in the Pageant are published at www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org. Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said: “The Pageant on 3rd June will be a unique occasion to celebrate a British Monarch. Our organising team, the hundreds who have entered their boats, the thousands on the river, the hundreds of thousands lining the banks and the many hundreds of millions watching on television, will want to pay a fitting tribute to The Queen for her 60 years of service. The Pageant will be an event that will fulfil this ambition.” Continue reading