The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
A flotilla of up to one thousand boats will muster on the River Thames on 3 June 2012 to celebrate The Queen's sixty year reign
At high water in the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012, up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family, will travel in a Royal Barge as a centrepiece of the flotilla.
Approximate timings are as follows:
14:30BST – The Queen embarks the Royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, near Albert Bridge
16:15BST – The Royal Barge comes alongside HMS President (Royal Naval Reserve Unit), near Tower Bridge
The Queen and The Duke will be met at Chelsea Pier by The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Royal party will walk past a Guard of Honour of Chelsea Pensioners before they board the tender to HMY Britannia. The tender will proceed to Cadogan Pier where Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses will board the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell. They will be met on board by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent will board the ship, the Havengore, at Imperial Pier.
The Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence will travel on Trinity House No.1 Boat. The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will board the RNLI Diamond Jubilee.
The Royal Barge, the Havengore, Trinity House No.1 and RNLI Diamond Jubilee will take their place in the flotilla of more than a thousand boats that will proceed down the Thames to HMS President where The Queen and the other members of the Royal Family will view the Pageant sail past.
The flotilla will be one of the largest ever assembled on the river.
Rowed boats and working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will take part along with representatives from the Armed Forces, the Fire Service, the Police and other services. There will also be passenger boats carrying up to thirty thousand members of the public.
Downriver of London Bridge, there will be a gun salute.
Thames piers, riverside roads and bridges will be closed to traffic and there will be up to fifty big screens distributed along the route to allow members of the public to enjoy the pageant from all possible vantage points.
For families and others with children, there will be a destination area with a day-long programme of music, traditional funfair and artist-led Jubilee-themed entertainment.
For more information, visit the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website.