To celebrate Her Majesty's 60 years of service the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on Sunday the 3rd of June 2012. The River Thames will magnificently come to life with over one thousand boats set to muster on the magnificent river. Rowed boats and working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the River.
More than a million people are expected to line the banks of the river to watch the unique spectacle, which will be one of the major focal points of celebration during the special Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Organisers of the event plan to create a piece of theatre on the water, incorporating music, fireworks and special effects.The formal procession on the River Thames will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge. The boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse from Tower Bridge to West India Docks. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family will be aboard the Royal Barge The Spirit of Chartwell which will be in a prominent position at the head of the Royal section of the flotilla.
This promises to be a glorious spectacle; people can watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames banks. There will be up to 50 big screens along the route so wherever you're standing, you will see the flotilla. Other highlights of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant include music barges, boats spouting geysers, pyrotechnic barges, a floating belfry a gun salute and much more.