Highlights The Queen's Diamond Jubilee


Highlights from the pageant, which sees a flotilla of 1,000 boats sail down the River Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's 60 year reign.

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It is a waterway that spans 250 miles, but it is the flow through


the heart of London that is rightly called liquid history and the


noblest river in Europe. The River Thames, right at the heart of


London, a constant symbol of power and wealth and prestige down the


ages. From merchants and bankers to tourists and traders, the fact is


that the River Thames in all of its glory and its crime throughout the


centuries has been the lifeblood of London, and it is that mix of power


and pageantry, of money and might, that has made this the location of


some of the most spectacular Royal Good evening from Buckingham Palace


after what everyone agrees has been a memorable day, a memorable


pageant on the river, a pretty memorable crowd watching from the


banks of the Thames, and I have to say memorably wet weather to make


it all a little more interesting. Yes, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee


celebrations are officially under way with 1,000 vessels on the


Thames, 20,000 people taking part, more than living up to its billing


as the biggest events on the river in more than three centuries. Now,


this was the book for the flotilla, passing under 14 bridges on the way


from west to east, past Lambeth Bridge and Lambeth Palace on the


South Bank, where the Archbishop of Canterbury lives, then the Palace


of Westminster, Big Ben, the rather more modern London Eye on the South


Bank, and then on past Waterloo Bridge, opening up the great vista


of the City of London in the distance, the distinctive gherkin,


and then on the South Bank the Shard, the tallest building in


Western Europe being built right now. London Bridge at one stage the


only bridge crossing the Thames, and then on to Tower Bridge, the


great symbol of London itself. And for the Queen's arrival, Tower


Bridge opening in salute, a very dramatic symbol of respect for the


sovereign as she passes underneath, and then the Royal Barge to be


moored next to HMS President, where the Queen reviews the flotilla as


it passes. And then down the stretch of water towards Wapping,


an avenue of sale for one of those ships which are too tall to pass


under the bridges themselves. Now, the inspiration for the pageant was


Canaletto's famous painting of the River Thames on a Lord Mayor's Day,


and I saw the painting at the National Maritime Museum in


Greenwich with the pageant master, Adrian Evans. Well, this is the


first time I have actually seen his painting in the flesh, and it


really conveys the exuberance and excitement and just the thrill, I


imagine, of being there on that great day. Are you going to try and


match this? I would say bigger and better, actually. Even if it can be


bigger and better, 260 years after this masterpiece, why take on the


challenge of a grand river pageant in the 21st century? Well, we are


an island nation, of course, and the sea and rivers are part of our


national character, so it felt appropriate to be doing something


on water. The River Thames has been revitalised, reinvented in recent


years. It felt right to be doing a river pageant for today's


generation. What can we expect to see? There will be 1,000 boats on


the River Thames, a scale that has not been seen for generations,


small boats, Big boats, narrowboats, they are sailing boats,


interspersed, interleaved by 10 Music barges, and right at the


heart of it all, the Royal Barge itself, with the Queen and the


Royal Family aboard. When this great event is over, Adrian, what


will constitute success for you? More than anything, that if people


are still talking about this event 250 years down the line, if it


survives as well as Canaletto's So this afternoon all the plans


that had been made to produce another spectacular pageant were


about to be put into action. Paul Dickenson picks up the commentary


as members of the Royal Family arrived at the Royal launch in


Chelsea Bridge is where we're at at the moment, and the Prince of Wales


and the Duchess of Cornwall being greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of


Greater London, a great day for him. The gentlemen of the right-hand


side, actually a former lord mayor of the City of London, so he is


certainly used to these regal And the atmosphere has been


building beautifully here at They will take a short walk down


the pier in just a little while, as they wait for Her Majesty the Queen


Down at Cadogan Pier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with


the Duke's brother, Prince Harry. They're actually be met by the


Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Just spending a little bit


of time walking and talking, a role they have slotted into absolutely


beautifully. And those people will be delighted to have met the


Michael Lockett and his wife, the chief executive officer of the


And there is the Spirit of Chartwell, that is the boat that is


going to take the royal party at the head of the pageant right down


But there is just a little preview of what is to come in this great


Well, the six trumpeters of the Royal Marines on board the Connacht,


just adjacent to the Britannia launch. They are signalling the


Certainly, the Queen will know the Well, this is the Britannia launch,


of course, that is going to take the royal party about three-


quarters of a mile up towards the royal barge, and she was greeted on


board the Britannia launched by The Royal launch, of course, Her


Majesty's Yacht Britannia for, was used while the Royal Yacht was in


service to convey the Queen from ship-to-shore. It was


decommissioned back in 1997. The Princess Elizabeth steam train is


on Battersea Bridge, sending her The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh,


I am sure, enjoying their time on board the Britannia launch. The


Royal launch, of course, of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. And


everybody was sad when that went And the manpowered boats ready to


go, and what a sight they provide, the spectators, the royal party and


everybody involved with this The Royal Watermen in attendance.


The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by Michael Lockett, inspecting the


floral arrangements on the Royal Barge, all designed by Rachel de


The magnificent Chelsea pensioners, they have just be inspected by the


Princess Royal. And she is the master of Trinity House, about to


The row Watermen on board the Britannia launch just getting


everything absolutely perfect. -- Royal. For the Queen to alight a


ship that she knows so, so well and then to move on to the Royal Barge.


Everybody is certainly looking forward to seeing this magnificent


craft, the Spirit of Chartwell, slipped her moorings and head off


downstream towards Tower Bridge, and that is when the pageant really


The Royal standard being raised to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh


are on board. Adrian Evans, the pageant master, breeds is two


Well, we all know, of course, about the Royal Barge with his precious


piece of cargo, but on the Royal row barge Gloriana, that has some


very precious cargo indeed, and in the stroke position, to the right


hand side, we have got Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, a couple


of Olympic silver medallists just behind them and our very own


pressures Clare Balding. Well, this is absolutely extraordinary,


Gloriana, built especially for the Diamond Jubilee, named in honour of


Elizabeth I, built in honour of Elisabet the second, especially for


this Diamond Jubilee, and look at these 18 rowers setting the pace


for the manpowered forefront of this pageant, and Sir Matthew


Pinsent, hello, Matthew, setting the pace of four knots. He must not


go faster than that. We have also got Sir Steve Redgrave, we have ex-


servicemen who rowed across the Atlantic. I will be trying to talk


to a few of those as we continue this river pageant, but we have


just past the Queen on the Royal Barge, at the end of the pageant. -


- Ed. And that is the view that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and


the rest of the royal party have got as all the manpowered craft


As the pageant is well and truly under way now.


Right at the top of the programme, we showed you that wonderful


picture by Canaletto. I guess, these pictures here are


the BBC's Canaletto moments. These beautiful craft, just easing past


In amongst these man-powered boats is Ben Fogle, who I am sure


everybody knows so well. There he is. Can you hear us Ben?


can, thank you. It is just an unbelievable feeling down here.


We're just going past Her Majesty the Queen, The Spirit of Chartwell.


It's absolutely magnificent. I'm just doing my Royal Salute.


Absolutely stunning pictures. Hip, hip hooray.


You certainly need a big voice to be a garrison Sergeant major and


Bill Mott is very well equipped indeed.


And the sight of these boats, it takes you back a couple of hundred


years really when engines were a thing of the future and all power


was provided by the human-form. Luckily the Queen doesn't have to


worry about that today. I'm sure that you can just her in


the background... There we are, I was about to mention the bells, The


Belfry heading up this pageant here today.


They will eventually end up as the Royal Jubilee Bells, in their new


Well, we promised you a lot of fun, and these guys and girls are having


to do a lot of work. You have to say, the carnival is a real


carnival atmosphere on the River Thames and on the banks as wl and


on the Royal Barge too. There are many boats to come. Here is one of


the Worcester Busters. The Maoris look war like. You would hate to


play rugby against them after seeing the hacker. I promise, they


are all nice guys. The Spirit of Chartwell just being


patient and waiting its turn. Some of the Venetians that are here


The 260 or so man-powered boats, because they have already gone past


all the flags of the Commonwealth countries come past. All those


boats crewed by Sea Cadets from all There are certainly people in the


parade today from all over the world representing many, many parts


of the Commonwealth. Beautiful boats, aren't they?


I always think they must be difficult to steer. These guys are


doing a grand job. One of the Maori canoes, just on the far side there,


the war canoe. Well, we can see the mass of boats


moving down the river towards Tower Bridge, but, a little bit further


up from where we are currently we have Chris Hollins.


Just the remnapbs there as they are powering away. They are working


extremely hard. If they get out of breath these guys will come into


action, the RNLI. They cannot keep up the pace of four knots they will


be dragged along. They are on duty, concentrating all the time. We will


be monitoring them and the London authority, as they just held this


fantastic sight, this flotilla of boats, make their way up the river.


It's a fantastic sight. The Queen waiting patiently for the


spirit of chart well to move out -- The Spirit of Chartwell to move out


to join the pageant. Boris Johnson, once again elected as Mayor of


London, enjoying himself, as he tends to do on these occasions and


also the Lord Mayor of the City of London, just to the right-hand side.


It was this bought that bought -- boat that bought Winston


Churchill's coffin down the Thames. This is Trinity 1 boat. The master


of Trinity House is the Princess Royal. She is accompanied by her


husband, vice admirable Tim Lawrence, standing by her there.


And the barge finally moves away from the pier to begin her journey


and past some amazing landmarks. Princess Anne's boat will form part


of the squadron of vessels that will be just behind The Spirit of


Chartwell. The organisers have done an


absolutely magnificent job, not just on The Spirit of Chartwell,


but on the whole day so far. So the Royal Barge, moving out into


the centre of the river, where it will join the flotilla of boats. We


saw a glimpse there of all the The Royal Barge moving forwards.


The Duke of Edinburgh certainly seems to be enjoying himself here


today. Absolute precision, as the Royal Barge slots into line. Just


behind the four boats that are in front of it. As it begins to move


away. The Middleton family present. About two-thirds of the way on the


left-hand side. Just waving there, Pippa Middleton, the sister of the


Duchess of Cambridge are on board the Elizabethan there is Carol


Middleton there in the cream top and skirt.


Certainly the hand-powered boats have made very good progress indeed.


I suppose this is one of the occasions where you really have to


be there to just soak up the atmosphere and understand what it


means to all the spectators. The atmosphere on the banks and on the


bridges, absolutely electric. Steve Redgrave, how is it feeling,


Sir? Really good. Amazing crowds. I have rode in some big crowds before,


but not counting up to the millions, as it is here. In terms of the


things you have done, where does this rank? This is very, very


special. As long as we all get there first. We are all trying not


to race. When I was asked to try and put a crew together for this


boat, all my first choices came forward. Everyone was excited about


doing it. Were you the chief selector then? Sort of. Lord


Sterling is the guy in charge. I saw the boat in December being


built and was blown away. It was stunning when it was in its shell


form and then to see it now is unbelievable. It is an absolutely


beautiful rowing barge this. It has such a great atmosphere on board.


Putting on a lot of effort. Look at Matthew Pinsent here at the front T


man who once had the most lung capacity of any athlete. It has now


been surpassed. That was some record. It was all right! I'm using


a bit of it now. Keeping you warm? Exactly right. Gloriana making its


way down the river now. We can just start to see the London Eye.


Magnificent, magnificent sight. The wind is certainly blowing


across the bows of the boat, that presumably means that steering is a


big issue for something as long as this boat.


Somewhere on that boat is the owner of The Spirit of Chartwell, along


with his daugt er daughter, along with the ten Watermen and the


Queen's Barge Master. He must be a very proud man today.


The Prince of Wales on the left- hand side. The Duke of Cambridge


It is good to see the Pageant Master looking quite relaxed as he


talks to Prince Charles. I am sure he is delighted with how things


have turned out today. It gives you a good idea as to how much


preparation many, many people undertook to get this Royal Barge


absolutely pristine. They have done The Palace of Westminster, on the


heft land side, slightly more -- left-hand side, slightly more


modern view of London, as the flotilla heads towards Westminster


Bridge. That's roughly where the Queen is right now.


So, these guys making very steady progress indeed.


Luckily, so far, conditions not too bad at all.


There are so many iconic landmarks that just litter London. We are so


fortunate to have such magnificent buildings, churches of course as


well, Government buildings and the rest scattered throughout London. A


lot of them overlooking the River Thames. A different view of the


Palace of Westminster. The background and the London Eye.


One of those pods - I think there are 32 pods on the London Eye - and


one is serving cream teas to all of the people who are up there trying


That is the boat that the Duchess of Cambridge's parents and brother


and sister are on - the Edwardian. That, I think was the Swan Uppers,


who you saw in the picture a moment ago. There's Ben Fogle, rowing


pretty well. Still smiling. He's plenty of energy left. He's a very


fit man. Back at Chelsea, some of the public service craft just


moving past, moving up towards Cadogan Pier. They will be one of


the features this afternoon and the fire boats.


The fire boats saluting in their So many photographs will be taken


of what is going to be a very And the bells, complete with John


Barrowman on board, I hope he has got sunnier climes, because they


have been going ever since we saw them at Cadogan Pier, some way back.


And there will be peals of bells heard not just all over London but


This certainly is a Canaletto moment, isn't it? With so many


iconic buildings flanking this mass of vessels, or power to buy the


human arm, shoulder, back and legs. -- all powered by. Just looking


down the pageant, you then come to the flags of the Commonwealth and


the Trinity 500s, they are caught, those vessels, from the sea cadets


all over the United Kingdom. Back to the Royal Squadron and the most


magnificent boat on display here today. As you can see, the tower of


the Palace of Westminster on the left-hand side of the screen just


ahead as we head down towards And this is the first opportunity


we have really had to see the Dunkirk Little Ships. There are


about 40 or 50 of them there today behind the Royal Squadron, and boy,


oh boy, have they put some service in on behalf of everybody in the


United Kingdom. Then come the Each of the ships, or each of the


sections of ships, should I say, is preceded by a group of musicians,


too. They will certainly be earning their money today, playing music


So the working boats and the fire boats that we saw before now


passing Cadogan Pier. Recreational motorboats, leisure boats, too. I


bet a lot of fun is being had on The recreation of boats, too. --


Well, this is where we are all going to end up as we hear one of


the psyllids to the Queen that have happened over the last two days. --


salutes. Just outside the Tower Of London, part of a 41 gun salute,


followed by a special salute by the The Royal Barge there just going


underneath Lambeth Bridge, so the next target will be Westminster


There are so many churches, of course, close to the banks of the


River Thames, and so many bells can be heard, as well as the bells that


are already on the river and ahead of the Spirit of Chartwell. The


Palace of Westminster and, in the Clock Tower there, of course, Big


Ben, the bell that strikes the hour was created in the same foundry


that created the bells on the river You just join us here at Vauxhall


Bridge, we have got the band going past us on the left-hand side, and


as you can see, the crowd behind me at the MI6 building here, just


waiting to see the historic boats bill I just about to come under the


Vauxhall Bridge. Amongst them, the Dunkirk Little Ships, part of


Operation Dynamo, when the United Kingdom, the allied forces were in


such desperate need for help. They are part of a fantastic society


that make annual trips to Dunkirk. I went on board as part of the


scrutiny process earlier this week, and they are all in such fantastic


shape. They have worked so hard on them, and as you can see, they are


all receiving a warm welcome from the crowds behind us. There is so


much going on on the river, but up into these tall flats behind me,


flags flying everywhere, everyone trying to get a glimpse of the


river and all these wonderful boats making their way down as part of


this pageant. Just a few of the Little Ships making their way


through now just under Vauxhall Bridge. The crowds behind me, just


or waving away. Here on glory and I, this boat very much inspired by the


mind and to many of Lord Sterling, who is with me now. -- Gloriana.


What did you want to achieve with Gloriana? I think it says it all


today, look at the crowds, the people on board, the marvellous


bunch of oarsmen that we have, it says it. In practice, I think we


have created it as a lasting legacy and inspired by the great


Canalettos, the National Maritime Museum, when we see all about it at


the Great Exhibition, it is all about pageantry and the Thames and


what it is all about through history. If we can have the


opportunity of lifting people's interest in the Thames and for


youngsters to have the opportunity of rowing and knowing the


camaraderie of rowing, we will have done something in the years to come.


So many young faces on the river, on the sides of the river banks,


high-pitched voices screaming out, and it is just a wonderful,


wonderful feeling, and we are not going to let a few spots of rain


dampen our enthusiasm, oh, no! It is a fabulous feeling to be part of


it. Well, there is a fantastic senior, look at that, just look at


it. There is the Spirit of Chartwell, what we now know as the


Royal Barge, and we can just see the Queen, and you have got all


these boats behind, coming up later, but the cheering and the crowd, we


have been cheering the pictures on the big screen on the other side of


the bridge, and it is any excuse for cheering, like now, come on!


Hurray! We are all raring to go, come on, hurray! Hurray, hurray! It


is a wonderful atmosphere, and the whole bridge, you can imagine it,


the whole side of the bridge covered with people, and we are


just having a good time, it is a simple straightforward, marvellous


And there are the Commonwealth flags. I have to say, the parade,


the pageant rather, is pretty much spread out. Princess Eugenie there


with her father, of course, the Duke of York. And the rest of the


Royal Family making very steady The Spirit of Chartwell, with the


Palace of Westminster in the background, and when that building


first appeared on the landscape on the banks of the River Thames, what,


five centuries ago, longer than that, Edward the confessor it was


who founded the Palace of Westminster, and for a long, long


time it became the seat of power, of Royal power until it is now


identified with a representative government and parliament. Almost


fading away into the background. And that is point let me introduce


you to a gentleman who has sat beside me in the commentary box,


sailor and author Tom Cunliffe. I tell you what, he knows everything


there is to know about boats but more importantly navigation.


Because of the twists and turns in a river, are any of these boats


going to have a problem today? is interesting, watching the flags


on these boats, they are blowing across quite gently, but when they


turn to the right at Westminster, it will be smack on the nose, so


Her Majesty would get a bit chilly, and the manpowered boats will have


much more of a struggle than they have had so far. But looking at


them, they seem to have been It is not just people waving flags.


It all means something to those people will understand it, and


absolutely invaluable way of communication between ships,


certainly before the invention of transistors etcetera. I think that


would probably mean something to the Duke of Edinburgh, being a


Princess Beatrice with their sister, Eugenie. Part of the royal party.


Seeing the boats come through the bridge is fascinating, because


shutting the Thames barrier has meant there is very little current.


If it were sweeping down, as it would have been otherwise, some of


these boats would be in danger of being swept onto the pontoons, but


it is a magnificent effort that has been made to cut the current by


Manpower, which has made this whole thing a lot less dramatic than it


otherwise would have been. Certainly, the Thames barrier,


which we will not be seen today, is a masterpiece of engineering. It


just makes you wonder, actually, how they managed when the Thames


barrier was not there to have things like pageants on the river,


which they did along, long time ago. There were a lot less bridges in


those days, Paul, and the river was a lot wider, so the currents would


have been smaller. But to put something like this on with a full


airtight would have been frankly pretty hairy, they would have been


some incidents. -- Ed tide. So far, Now, the National Theatre, a very


special moment for the Queen. The home of that great theatrical


production, poo, which I understand the Queen is a great fan of. -- War


There it is on top! On top of the National Theatre, even the horse


That moment has taken them nine We certainly know what a passion


she has forced us -- horses. I hope the Queen endured that moment. The


horse, the star of the show, if you like, is called Joley, and I


understand she had a visit from Joe There is Joey. He's making his own


little bow to the Queen and the rest of the guests on the Royal


Barge. Now heading out towards the City of


London, the real financial power of the country. Waterloo Bridge in the


background. That was completed, this version of it, completed in


1944. It replaced the stone bridge, which opened in 1817.


Westminster Bridge - absolutely Dunkirk Little Ships, just going


past Westminster palace. So, we're back to Chelsea now and


Absolutely fan tas -- fantastic, and the rain is coming down quite


heavily. 20 barges - they have come from


many parts of the UK. They carry an impressive contingent, of Lord


Lieutenants representing Worcestershire, Shropshire,


Staffordshire... Lovely to see the artwork on these vessels. Two in


the background have traditional sign-writing on them and so has


this one in the foreground. They signify the way these boats were.


When you consider the sort of network of canals that we've got


all over this country, it really created the wealth of many parts of


the country, didn't it? The narrow boats carried the wealth of the


nation. That was before we had railways and


roads. She has a phone to her ear and


she's saying "yes, I am at the front, waving." It is great the


narrow boats have been able to do this. We have been lucky with the


Meanwhile, back at Westminster, and all the Watermen, absolutely


delighted with the progress that the Spirit of Chartwell is making.


Nobody has sat down. Nobody has disappeared really off that top


deck. Everybody wants to get a A picture of the Queen's Silver


Jubilee celebrations. I hope that was a nice surprise for


the Royal Party. I was down on the water yesterday


andvy to say that picture is enormous, enormous!


Well, I think instantly recognisable as the Royal Party at


the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, stretched right over the whole


building face, almost 100 metres in width and 70 metres in height. A


total weight of a hundred tonnes or thrapbts. The largest photograph --


or thereabouts. The largest photo ever of the Royal Family. That is


one of the iconic sights, not just of London, but the whole country.


Some of the smallest boats in the whole pageant.


Of course, these pictures going all over the world, not just to


Some way ahead of them, HMS Belfast on the right-hand side and we have


mentioned this word time and time again "iconic" and Tower Bridge is


Making very good progress indeed is the barge. The bells are still


ringing. Underneath Tower Bridge and eventually the Royal Party will


be tying up at HMS President, you just saw on the right-hand side of


the scene there, which is home to the London division of the Royal


Navy reserve and has been since 1988.


This is the bridge control room. I am going to introduce you to


somebody who has an incredible job today. It is the Tower Bridge


Master. Good afternoon. You will raise the bridge to let, well to


let the flotilla threw. You will raise the bridge in high salute. Is


that higher than normal? It is a full lift for the Royal Salute.


We lift it to suit the size of vessel, but the Queen gets a full


lift, come what may. You are ready to go. Is that the lever? Yes. Then


it will raise. You have done this many, many times before. Are you


feeling a little bit nervous today? No, it is exciting, not nervous. It


is an exciting day. Everybody is having lots of fun. Nothing can go


wrong? Keeping your -- our fingers crossed. Can anything go wrong?


is a piece of machinery. Hopefully everything will go fine in a few


minutes' time. I will get out of your way and let you get on with


your job. Eric, good luck. Off you Of course, all of those craft


totally and utterly dwarfed by HMS Belfast. It was commissioned in


1938. 91,000 tonnes, the largest 1,200 tonnes each, or each draw


bridge section of the Tower Bridge weighs. They will be raised to


their fullest extent of 80 degrees, in 60 seconds.


HORNS SOUND And the dispersal now begins, a lot


more boats to come through Tower Bridge, obviously thaifplt will all


be watched eventually -- obviously. They will all be watched eventually


by the Queen. The weather really has deteriorated, Tom? The rain is


coming down now. It does not seem to have produced a lot of breeze to


go with it. Interestingly we have seen one or two smaller boats taken


in tow by bigger ones. There we go. Look! It is good to see what great


spirits people have even when towed. There is no failure here. It has


been a tough row into this breeze. If it had been any more of this


then they would have had to scrap the event for the rowing boats.


Huge credit to them, even to the ones which have ended up on the tow.


We see one of the many music sections in the pageant. I am sure


many rowers will appreciate the tough challenge that lie ahead and


will be satisfied with what they have achieved so far. Some of them


are actually working boats that were built to carry stuff that are


heavy to row. There is a Yorkshire cob ler there. That is heavy to row.


I can tell you that, personally. There is another, built to carry


cargo. A very heavy boat indeed. A gentleman who received the


Victoria Cross. Mr Johnson Bihar. I have seen him


on television a few times. What an achievement. At some cost too, I


have to say. But a VC holder. And the pageant is simply full of


music. On board this vessel here, one of the bands of Her Majesty's


Royal Marines. There are a couple of bands on the river today.


We heard them giving the Queen a HMS Belfast is about to be flanked


by the Royal Barge and the Royal Barge is about to receive a very


impressive salute from some of the WHISTLES SOUND


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Once again the Royal Marine Now, Jim, how was that to here the


Queen just then and have her acknowledge HMS Belfast? It is


wonderful. It is something I never thought I'd see. It is something


I'll always remember. Jim, you joined the Navy at 15. You told me


some amazing stories, one when a torpedo hit your ship. They were


thrown 60 feet into the air, thrown into the ocean and had to cling on


to a dead shark until you were rescued. Did that put you off


diving? No I dived until I -- from 16 until I was 85. Hello, John. You


are a bit wet there, aren't you? This ship is a huge, huge ship,


over 10,000 tonnes. When it was out and you were serving on the ship,


it was thrown around like a toy during its duties? At the time she


was 14,000 tonne. Since then the weight has been reduced on the ship,


so that's why it's 10,000. Many a time, when we've been in the heavy


seas on the Russian convoys, we were picked up, just imagine seeing


these high buildings and there were rollers coming in on you. You


thought, oh, God you would never get through it. The old girl did.


Have you enjoyed your day here today and cheering the Queen?


It's been fabulous. As my shipmate and colleague has


said, never in my wildest dream did I think I would see such a pageant


as that. We have a diamond pageant and we have a diamond as a Queen.


We certainly have. Thank you very As you have probably seen, it is


getting air little bit wet, and now we have got the work in ships


coming through, a fire Bach spraying the crowd, having a great


time. You have probably noticed that it has slowed down, we have


got a bit of a backlog coming through Waterloo Bridge as the


Rhodes are getting off the water towards Tower Bridge. -- rowers.


Can you see then down below in the kitchen? They may be making


sandwiches but they're still getting a great view. What a


wonderful atmosphere, the National Theatre in the background, they are


still enjoying it here. They are getting a little bit tight as they


come through this bridge, the marshals are telling them to slow


down, be a little bit careful. Some of them, though, are still managing


to blow their horn rather loudly. But they have to be, are a serious


point, the very careful as they come through here, it narrows down,


but I do not think they are worried about going too slowly, they are


having a great time and enjoying Meanwhile, the Royal Barge is just


negotiating the river at the moment. Beautiful cat there, and how


difficult is it going to be for them to moor up to the side of HMS


President there, Tom? It is remarkable, this is a very well


chosen vessel. What he is doing it used to be defying gravity,


actually, it is very impressive, the boat is going sideways, good


man! I wonder what he has got in the wake of bow thrusters and


things, I would love to see. Well, Albert Bridge is where we started,


it was the first bridge that all of the pageant had to contend with,


and the Port of London Authority die there, I suppose that is the


equivalent of the Kali app man, as they call it, at the end of the


So HMS President completing the sheer -- sheer to the Royal Barge


Just that the side of Tower Bridge, another part of the Royal Squadron


So the royal party will be watching the remainder of the pageant from


Well, I think the captain of that ship can be very pleased with his


Beautiful pictures of a beautiful boat. Shane, such a shame, that the


weather has taken a turn for the worse, and it has probably put a


bit of a dampener on some of the things going on, but not all,


I can clarify that it is definitely raining, but we shall sing, because


as well as being joined by the HMS Belfast veterans today, we have


also got the Fisherman's Friends, hello, chaps! These are a group are


sea shanty singers from Port Isaac in Cornwall. I imagine a few of you


are fishermen. And friends as well. We are very sunny friends today,


but we are having good fun. Have you had a lovely day? The Queen


turned and looked at us as she went past, fantastic, what a day.


would love to hear you do your thing? How long have you been


singing together? 20 years, but you could not tell it from the way we


have been doing it. Thank you for keeping their spirits up on board,


the veterans have been loving you singing, would you like to give us


a glass? We will do South Australia # We are bound to South Australia


# Heave away, haul away # We are bound for South Australia


# Heave away, haul away # We are bound to South Australia


# Heave away, haul away # We are bound for South Australia


# Heave away, haul away Fabulous stuff. The weather


When you consider the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, everything that


she has seen and witnessed, you go back through the record books, if


you like, the compendium of everything that has happened during


our reign, even back in 1953, the very first ascent of Mount Everest,


they are celebrating a Diamond Jubilee next year, Edmund Hillary


and Tenzing Norgay, his famous Sherpa. 1963, of course, the death


of President John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, the first supersonic


airliner, Concorde making its maiden flight in 1969, and of


course in the same year Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to


set foot on the moon. From a sporting perspective, well,


certainly, the Queen has presided over many, many sporting events. In


1966, a red letter day when England beat Germany. Of course, her


daughter and granddaughter indeed, the great horsewoman during their


lives, becoming European three-day- event champions, and Princess Anne,


of course, has maintained her connections with sport through the


British Olympic Association and her association as a member of the


International Olympic Committee, so if it has not been already, it is


going to be a very busy year for air indeed with London 2012. How


many days away? Less than 60, around 53 or 54 days left before


the opening ceremony of the Well, there are still many, many


boats to come past HMS President, when the Queen will be for a little


while yet with tear gas -- her guests and the rest of the Royal


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That is what everybody needs, a But still great sights on the river,


Tom. He gets, these are historic vessels, a lot of these, probably


part of a national historic fleet, and the nice thing is that when it


is raining is hard, when it has gone through your oilskin and it is


dripping down your neck, at least Just to the left is HMS Belfast, as


another section begins to make its way through Tower Bridge. We think


it is the service, steam and Another fan boat just paying


tribute to the Queen. -- fire. I do not suppose Tower Bridge has been


Oh, goodness, the Shard! We did see it before, it was quite clear, so


it gives you some indication as to the deterioration in the weather,


but I guess when you are the tallest building in Western Europe,


that is one of the downsides, isn't it? There is an interesting craft.


Yes, that is the only hovercraft in the whole pageant, and she is


supposed to be right at the end, so it looks like she is under tow. The


biggest flag of the Lotte there, the flag of Cornwall, she has made


a special master for the occasion. She is a very powerful performer


under sail, but right now it is lowered and she is flying the flag


Yeah, a remarkable read ensign there. -- red. I'm not sure what


that vessel is, I'm afraid, but she is flying the red ensign has done,


Now then, we have narrowboats and barges, 43 narrowboats, 23 barges,


and some of them are very special. Narrowboats are remarkable things,


because it easy to imagine, how do you make a narrow vote? In the old


days, you might make it long and strong, but it is not like that at


all. Look at that closely, look at the artwork, the careful way it is


swept up at the front. That is just so beautiful! That is what it was


all about, a whole folk art developed around these boats. You


can see it on the roof of this one. It would be quite normal to see a


few little plant pots and stuck up there, because these are vessels


for the inland waterways, for the fields and byways, but they carried


the commerce of the land for Neeltje there, that is a classic


Dutchman. If she has not been a working boat, she certainly looks


like one. It has that lovely Dutch curve to the way that is set up.


Well, we are getting towards the end of the pageant now. These are


Passing through Tower Bridge on the way to the dispersal area, and


there are about 40 altogether. Some stately passenger cruisers, too.


And they are going to be very, very busy, of course, in 53 days' time,


I think we work that, when the Olympics start. It is going to be


quite a route to some of the Olympic venues, and that Greenwich


and what was the O2 Arena is now the North Greenwich Carina, and


into the City of London, of course, too. -- Arena. But despite the rain,


well, we are British! We like a little bit of dampness. I have to


say, one or two people are a little bit more than just being a bit damp,


but they are sticking with it in tribute, of course, to this


wonderful Diamond Jubilee. And of The glass-fronted vessel symphony,


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hosting, one of the most respected I hope they get a thunderous round


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of applause, because they really do # Land of hope and glory mother of


the free # How shall we extol thee, who are


born of thee? # Wider still and wider, shall thy


bounds be set # God, who made thee mighty, make


thee mightier yet # God, who made thee mighty, make


One of the gentlemen on The Spirit of Chartwell, Lord salts bury, the


chairman of Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation has done a huge amount


of work, on behalf of everybody to get this pageant up and running and


then to completion. A nice side comment was he was the great, great


grandson of the current Lord Sailsbury, who was Prime Minister


at the time of Queen Victoria's jubilee. Certainly that from the


orchestra and the singers, sort of a mildly eccentric moment in some


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ways, but one the British do so # Rule Britannia


# Britannia rule the waves # Britons never, never, never shall


be slaves # Rule Britannia,


# Britannia rule the waves # Britons never, never, never shall








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# Long to reign over us As you can see, things have come to


an end, but the salute to Queen HORNS SOUND


The Queen is about to leave HMS President.


Still smiling. I hope she's had a fabulous day.


Well, this certainly has been a day that will live long in my memory.


Just in terms of the preparation and the preparation to get this


pageant right, that's been going on for years. I think, despite the


weather, they got it right and it will be something that the


population of this great city and the rest of the city and worldwide


will remember for many years to come.


Not only is this a way of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, I


think, from a personal perspective, it is a way of saying to the Queen


So what can I say after two-and-a- half years of very hard work by the


organisers, the pageant did go to plan. A remarkable feat when you


think of the numbers involved and the impact of the weather. Let's


hope things will have dried up a little by tomorrow. This is where a


Highlights of one of the biggest events of the year, the diamond jubilee Thames pageant where, for the first time in 350 years, a flotilla of 1,000 boats sail down the River Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's 60 year reign. At the centre of the pageant are Her Majesty the Queen and senior members of the royal family, aboard an ornately-decorated royal barge. Hosted by Huw Edwards, Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth.

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