The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.

On Sunday 3rd June 2012, despite heavy rain, The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrating Her Majesty's 60 years of service was a great spectacle gathering over one thousand boats on the River Thames and more than a million spectators on its banks.

As the organizers put it the jubilee was celebrated “by magnificently bringing the Thames to life; making it joyously full with boats, resounding with clanging bells, tooting horns and sounding whistles; recalling both its royal heritage and its heyday as a working, bustling river.”

The formal river procession, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge, lasted for over four hours. The vessels sailing along the Thames were headed by the Royal Barge carrying the Queen and other members of the royal family. It was one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, in which vessels of all shapes and sizes appeared, such as rowed boats and working boats as well as pleasure vessels The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services were also afloat.

In the grand finale the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal College of Music Chamber Choir performed the National Anthem for The Queen, while the fireworks from Tower Bridge lit the grey sky.

Taking place at the same time as the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, the Queens River Pageant at Battersea Park - the family friendly festival - featured live music, a traditional funfair and a programme packed full of jubilee themed entertainment.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant was organised by The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation led by Lord Salisbury, Chairman; Michael Lockett CVO, Chief Executive; and Adrian Evans, Pageant Master. After the Pageant had finished, Mr Evans said: "I would like to add my personal thanks to the 1,000 skippers and their crews, who did a magnificent job bringing their vessels safely onto the river, helping to create a truly majestic spectacle. Thanks to the extraordinary valour of the rowers, a new Canaletto moment was created. We are all thrilled that two years of careful planning and preparation by so many people has paid off. We very much hope that The Queen enjoyed it as much as we did."


It’s worth emphasizing that Mr Evans, is the director of The Mayor’s Thames Festival, partner of the river//cities paltform. The network’s co-ordinator, Agnieszka Wlazeł, participated in the celebrations, as well.


For more information visit The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Photo by Agnieszka Wlazeł.


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The Mayor’s Thames Festival which is a free event taking place in mid-September each year, is one of the most spectacular London events of the year – a vivid mixture of live music, dance, feasting, carnival, river races, art installations and street arts. Events take place on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges and public open spaces from the London Eye to Tower Bridge and beyond. Come down to the river in September and celebrate the cultural diversity of London in grand style!

Essentially, we want to provide a celebration for London and its river, a city centre party if you like, one that is free and open to all. We want to close roads and bridges and transform them with culture. We want to educate and transform people’s ideas about the river, too. Most of all, we want people not just to be spectators, but to be active participants in this spectacular London event.