River Thames to host Queen's Diamond Jubilee Spectacular
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River Thames to host Queen's Diamond Jubilee Spectacular

London : United Kingdom | Jun 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM PDT
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The Queen arrives in white for Diamond Jubilee Pageant

This year River Thames will be hosting an event that has never been witnessed by its waters over the past 300 years, i.e. a flotilla of ,ships carrying more than 20,000 people, led by the Queen in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The river’s bank as well as its bridges will be flocked by approximately 1 million people eager to watch the majestic procession that will be having the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The water borne extravaganza will be also projected on 50 large screens with the organizers of the event intending to create an ambiance not experienced by anyone residing in Britain since the reign of Charles II.

The lavishly decorated royal barge will consist of rowing boats as well as military boats. Queen will be accompanied by the Duke and other members of the royal family.

Not only will boats be seen on board, but the flotilla, the largest pageant of its kind for 350 years, will have every conceivable vessel from passenger vessels to dragon boats, barges, rowed shallops, kayaks, skiffs, tugs and Dunkirk little ships.

Also for the safety of the flotilla, Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) will draft in around 20 vessels.

“We have got 24 lifeboats on the river and they will be looking after the vessels that are part of the event but also the general public that will be enjoying the spectacle,” Allen Head of RNLI was quoted by the Associated Press.

The special occasion will be graced by a number of celebrities including Olympic gold medalists Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Mathew Pinsent.

Kate’s parents Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton will also be seen on the occasion along with Lord Coe, London 2012 Olympic chief and Mark Thompson, BBC’s director general.

All across UK, almost 9,500 applications for road closures have been approved exceeding twice the amount as was approved last year at the wedding of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton.

Music being an integral part of the event will attract lots of artists including Elton John, Robbie Williams, JLS, and Dame Shirley Bassey along with others.

The performance of these artists will be seen by 10,000 ticket holders at Buckingham Palace on Monday, with the concert starting at 7:30 pm.

The highlight of the event will be a final performance at the roof of the palace by the group Madness that will end the concert with their famous hit "Our House."

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/03/diamond-jubilee-flotilla-river-thames

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