Over 1,000 boats and yachts of all sizes are expected to participate.
It is anticipated to be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, with approximately 30,000 people waving flags and cheering Her Majesty the Queen. Rowed boats, working boats, and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes are expected to join luxury mega yacht charter vessels on the Thames.
Vessels will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jacks, and crews and passengers are expected to turned out in their finest uniforms and outfits. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue, and other services will all participate as well as a collection of historic boats, wooden launches, and steam vessels from a bygone era.
Taking place just 6 week prior to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, the yachting spectacle will be enhanced with music barges, boats spouting water cannons, and pyrotechnic barges launching daytime fireworks. There will also be specially-constructed elements like a floating belfry – its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
Thames piers, riverside roads and bridges will be closed to traffic and 40 to 50 giant screens will be erected along the flotilla route for the public to enjoy the pageant from all possible vantage points. The flotilla concludes at Battersea Park with a program of music, and artist-led Jubilee-themed entertainment.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrates Her Majesty’s sixty years of service to the British Commonwealth by bringing the Thames to life. Pageants on the Thames date back to 1453. A river full of superyacht vessels and boats, clanging bells, and tooting horns will recall its royal heritage and its heyday as a working, bustling river.
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