Final tickets are still available for the KPMG Thames Clippers boats that will join the seven-and-a-half mile flotilla as it proceeds down the Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge on this historic occasion.
A thousand vessels of all shapes and sizes will assemble on the Thames on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June to take part in the biggest celebration the river has seen for over 350 years. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of the Royal Family, will travel on the Royal Barge in the royal section of the flotilla.
All passenger boats will travel together, between two music herald barges. One of these, the ninth herald barge, is still to be announced and the tenth, the final vessel in the flotilla, will feature members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, playing a stirring and triumphant ‘last night of the proms’-type repertoire.
Organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have been inundated with enquires about how members of the public can be involved in this glorious celebration of The Queen’s 60 year reign. Boat owners wishing to take part have been through a rigorous selection process which was completed at the end of last year. For non-boat owners, the only way to experience the thrill of actually taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been to buy tickets on allocated passenger boats. These have been on sale since before Christmas through individual operators listed on the Thames Diamond Jubilee website but have been sold out for some time.
Sean Collins, Managing Director of KPMG Thames Clippers, said: “Taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be literally taking part in history. We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to release tickets for our fleet of 12 passenger boats and we know people will be thrilled that places are still available.”
Tickets for the Pageant are priced along similar lines as tickets for New Year’s Eve. The KPMG Thames Clippers packages include Pimms welcome drink, lunch with wine, afternoon tea and a Champagne toast.