Thursday, April 14, 2011

Save the Date: Queen's Diamond Jubilee

I received an announcement regarding The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant that will take place on 3 June 2012, celebrating Her Majesty's sixty years of service. I'm all for a parade and no one does pageantry like the British, so I had to share.   

The announcement arrived with the following link to the Diamond Jubilee website, the opening paragraph follows here:

"At high water in the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012, up to a thousand boats muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Rowed boats and working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jacks, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services are all afloat and there are an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note."

I was only eight when England celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, but I vividly remember the cacophony of Union Jack flags and bunting in red white and blue lining every street.  We had a wonderful tea party in a garden, with all the quintessentially English foods, egg and cucumber sandwiches, scones and little tea cakes.  I can still see the adults sipping Pimm's and Buck's Fizz at a large garden table while we children played in the garden.  This upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebration on the Thames promises to be one to remember. 

Whether or not you will be in London next year, the website is worth reviewing.  View the short video that shows clips from the Queen's coronation and past Jubilee celebrations.  The video has an almost Monty Python quality with black and white cut-out graphics and stunning shots of the Thames River.

Picture: Street,,  Thames Flotilla:

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