Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
This Sunday, June 3, about a thousand boats will be presented to His Majesty during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. It will be one of the largest fleets ever assembled on the river. Rowing boats, pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully decorated with streamers and flags of the Union. There will have crew and passengers dressed in their best uniforms. The armed forces, firefighters, police, rescue and other services will also be present and there will be a profusion of historic ships, boats and other steam boats.
The fleet will be enhanced with boats carrying up to 30,000 passengers waving flags to the public, and boats gushing jets of water. There are other elements specially constructed as a floating bell ringing their bells in response to the existing churches along the river.
As the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be just six weeks after this event, people present to see the event on the river may still greet many Olympic boats traveling from afar to represent the cities of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth countries and other countries participating on the Games.