Thames Queen Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Of all the events in the UK annual calendar, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is among the most prominent. This annual event is considered as one of the most important events in the year, and the planning for this event goes on practically all year round. On this day, the area in and around London wears a festive look and it is more or less a national holiday. This year, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be held on 3 June 2012.
Purpose of the Pageant
- The main purpose of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is to highlight the maritime history of the area.
- In order to achieve this, 1,000 boats are displayed, and the public is made aware of facts about these boats and their various functions.
- This year, the pageant has a special purpose as it will be one of the series of events which are going to be held all over the country to mark the completion of the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. II.
Facts about the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
- This pageant is a spectacular flotilla which consists of hundreds of boats, which are specially decorated for the occasion.
- The pageant is witnessed by the Royal Family with the Queen in attendance.
- The pageant starts at Putney and ends at the Tower Bridge.
- One of the main features of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is music and special musical barges are commissioned for this purpose.
- This year, 2012, will see the floating of the Royal Barge named as The Spirit of Chartwell which will carry the Queen’s crown and cipher. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will also be traveling in the Royal Barge.