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The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

Huw Edwards, Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth host live coverage of one of the biggest events of the year as a flotilla of 1,000 boats, led by the Queen, sails down the River Thames.

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For only the second time in history, a British Monarch celebrates a


Diamond Jubilee. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has


spanned 60 years. Six decades of momentous change in the United


Kingdom and the world. But her guiding principle, set out


long ago, has never changed. declare before you all that my


whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your


service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we


all belong. This weekend, the Queen matches the


achievement of her great, great grandmother, Victoria, and


celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. The stage is just about set at


Buckingham Palace for three days of events on a lavish scale. A concert


here with all the stars, a National Service at St Paul's Cathedral and


today, a spectacular tribute on the river. Welcome to the Thames


So this is it. Welcome to viewers around the UK. Indeed around the


world, to the official start of the Diamond Jubilee events. Here on BBC


One, you will not miss a thing. We have unrivalled coverage over the


coming days. And that's just underline the significance of what


is happening. The Queen is only the second British Monarch to celebrate


a Diamond Jubilee. Her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, was


the first back in 1897. It has to be said that she celebrated in


spectacular, imperial style. 2012 will be equally impressive, though


in rather different ways. The weekend has already started well


for the Queen. Yesterday, a visit to the Epsom Derby, a regular


annual trip for the Queen for the past eight decades. Derby is said


to be the first event that goes into the Queen's diary every year.


That's the importance of it for the Royal Family and it has to be said,


some rather nice pleasant weather yesterday. The race was won by the


favourite, Camelot, not one of the Queen's horses, but still a good


day out nonetheless. That was yesterday. Lovely sunshine.


I'm not going to reveal the secret of today's weather. Behind me, the


stage is ready for the big concert tomorrow night. Who can I mention?


Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Shirley Bassey, Kylie


Minogue, Robbie Williams. It's a very long list of the biggest names


in music. And they'll be performing for the Queen under the steady gaze


of Victoria herself because the stage has been cleverly set around


the Queen Victoria Memorial. Beautifully done and a great arena


for the concert. By the way, those lucky ones who've managed to get


tickets for the concert will also be enjoying a picnic in the gardens


of Buckingham Palace. At the end of the concert, the Queen will light


the last in a worldwide network of Diamond Jubilee beacons, some 4,000


of them across the UK and the Commonwealth. On Tuesday, just


looking ahead, an extra Bank Holiday across the UK, the Queen


will attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral. She'll have lunch at


Westminster and then she will return to Buckingham Palace in a


carriage procession ready for a flypast by the Royal Air Force


which the Royal Family will be watching from that famous balcony


behind me. That will bring the Diamond Jubilee events of 2012 to a


close. The celebrations, as I've already


said, not confined to the UK, nations of the Commonwealth and


across the world are already taking part. Let's have a look.


Hundreds of children in the capital of Tuvalu, the island is 1,000


miles of Fiji, already holding their own Jubilee lunch today.


A very different scene in the south of France. The British expats


celebrating the Jubilee with probably some nice food and good


wine too. Thousands of miles away in Pakistan,


students and teachers of Fazia College in Islamabad holding a


lunch and also taking part in all kinds of competitions, art


competitions and the like, to mark the day.


Let's go to Afghanistan. In Helmand province, British forces already


enjoying their Jubilee lunch and some rather nice gifts from home


Just a sense for you of what is going on, not just in the UK. We'll


talk more about that around the world too. The latest estimate is


that there are 10,000 street parties being held in the UK this


weekend. That matches the number organised for the Queen's


Coronation back in 1953. I have to say, it's rather more than took


place last year for the Royal Wedding and that was an event on a


huge scale, as we know. We are going the hear from some of those


taking part in today's celebrations. My colleague Mark Simpson is at


Bangor Castle in Northern Ireland to tell us what is going on there.


Mark. Quite a day here in Northern


Ireland, not just this wonderful Jubilee party, we've had the


Olympic Torch here in this town just up the road from here, and


believe it or not, we haven't had one drop of rain. Let me talk you


through some of the highlights, highlights - get it - of this


party! We have 1950s fashion from two swinging sisters here, Clare


and Marie. Take us back 60 years, what was the fashion like then?


wearing an original 1950s piece myself that I sourced in a vintage


market. We are all about the 1950s here, we have some beautiful


examples of the style. You only have to look at the series for the


wonderful examples of the fashion. This is a day dress, a house coat


dress that the ladies would have worn during the day, then in the


evening, the big skirts like this cocktail dress. No reproduction


here in Bangor today, it's all original. Oo er, missus suss. It's


about time I got into the swing of the party. I'll have one of these.


Bye-bye from Bangor! Talk to you later. A sense of the


excitement there building which is rather nice. Across the water to


Scotland now to Edinburgh to James Cook who is there for us.


Yes, Huw, thank you very much. It has to be said that there are far


fewer street parties in Scotland happening than there are in other


parts of the country. Nonetheless, this one is in full swing, a pipe


band getting ready to play. Let's show you the view down the street


with the bunting. We can talk to Ewan here. Hi. Hi. What is the


purpose of the party? It's all about the community here and, in


the sense that there's a range of views of people that live here,


about nationalism and the monarchy and everything, but this kind of


sits above it, the sense of continuity and really the sense of


community that's really quite rare and precious. Thank you very much.


Enjoy the party. We'll just walk further on down the street and


speak to Jane who's organising this party. How is it going? We are


having a fantastic time, lot of fun and people enjoying themselves.


Aren't we, girls? Yes. And the weather's holding up? It started to


rain a little bit before but I think we are going to be fine. It's


great. Thank you very much. So that's the street party here in


Scotland. As I say, it's one of relatively few happening here


compared to other parts of the United Kingdom, but they are in


festive and excited spirit about this Jubilee here on this street at


least. Thank you very much James. James


with a flavour of what is going on in parts of Scotland. We'll hop to


Wales to Rhosneigr Beach in Anglesey now where Sian Lloyd is


for us. Yes, we have come inside the


village hall here on Rhosneigr. There was due to be a huge beach


party. It was rained off, but that hasn't dampened the spirits.


Hundreds of people here enjoying the big lunch. We are just around


the corner to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince


William being stationed in Anglesey. Joy Thomas, your father was


involved in celebrations for the Coronation, yes? That's right. He


decided to have a competition and make a film about the celebrations


in the village, so he designed a coach, had it made and all the


children in the village dressed up, my mother made all the costumes on


an old hand machine and we just had a great time. It was lovely. My


sister and I were on the ponies. Happy memories for you today?


A great carnival atmosphere here in Rhosneigr and the party is due to


continue for the next couple of days as well because tomorrow


they've got a parade going through the village.


Sian, thank you very much. Rhosneigr Beach there in Anglesey.


A sense of what is going on in Scotland, Northern Ireland and


Wales. The spotlight here today is very clearly on the River Thames.


That's where more than 1,000 vessels of different shapes and


sizes set to take part in the biggest pageant that's seen on the


river for 350 years. Rather cloudy, rather misty. It's been drizzly,


but believe me, as you will see many the hours ahead, the spirits


are certainly energetic and dynamic. Up to a million people we think


lining the banks to get a direct view. For those who can't make it,


including those now maybeing their way towards some of the parks,


there will be dozens of big screens in parks and public squares around


the UK carrying the BBC's coverage of the days events on the river.


Great sense of the expanse of the River Thames and, as we look at


this, that's looking down towards Battersea there, as we look at the


expanse of the Thames, I want you to just bear in mind that when the


great river pageants of the past took place, the River Thames was,


if you can believe it, twice the width we see today. Shallower but


twice the width. Today's pageant will be in a very concentrated form.


I think we'll see some really impressive, dynamic, colourful,


exciting images as we go along. Now, we want to know what you're


doing to celebrate the weekend as we enjoy the images and the people


start to get ready with their drinks and very smartly dressed.


You can tell us whether you are having a street party, whether you


are enjoying a Jubilee barbecue in the garden with families and


friends. Send tus photos. We'll try to show as many as possible later


in the day. This is how you do it: Send us your photos. I'll also give


you a Twitter hashtag as well. You can share pictures via Twitter as


well. Please do that and we'll have a look at them later on. A sense


there of some of the build-up on the river. Plenty more to come.


We already know what some of you have been doing because the sailors


among you have been preparing for months and months for this grand


pageant today with boats coming from around the UK and indeed much


further afield, China and Hawaii and other places too including New


Zealand. Let's look at this. This morning, a crew of a Maori Waka


boat were greeted by the New Zealand Prime Minister John Kay and


they responded with a ceremonial Haka. A Great War cry normally to


intimidate the opposition, certainly on the rugby pitch. Today


a gesture of respect, just to mark if occasion. -- the occasion. All


rather terrifying. A sense of the international flavour of the day.


I'll tell you what is a good idea now maybe is to have a lack at the


route of the pageant. I want to give you a sense of the geography


of the River Thames. A five mile section at the heart of the pageant,


longer if you include the build-up, from the Albert Bridge to the east,


then sailing eastwards crossing under 14 bridges if I've counted


them properly after Lambeth Bridge, then hitting some of the really big


sites of Central London. Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster,


the London Eye on the South Bank there, past Waterloo Bridge. A


great Vista there, the City of London and the Gherkin on the left.


The new Shard, the sharp object on the right, just passed St Paul's


Cathedral, the wobbly millennium Bridge, as some call it, London


Bridge which at one time was the only bridge across the River Thames,


then heading towards that great symbol of the City of London, Tower


Bridge right next to the Tower of London. It will be fully raised in


salute as the Royal barge passes beneath it. Then the Royal barge


will carry on a few yards and stop at HMS President. That's where the


Queen will be surveying the scene and seeing the flotilla as it


passes by. Just looking beyond that, as you


will see some sailing ships, the biggest ships, with the masts too


high to pass under the bridges, will be lining the river from


London Bridge to Wapping in the east of London, creating an avenue


of sail. A little sense of it there, but believe me in real life, it


will look really impressive. It's pretty clear having explained all


that, that staging the pageant has involved, in the case of the man


who's organised the main thing, more than two years of detailed


planning. 1,000 vessels involved, 20,000 people involved. I don't


need to say it's a huge amount of When I talked earlier on about five


miles, that is the formal section at the heart of the pageant. If you


include all the build-up and the muster and where they disperse, you


are getting on for 13 miles. Now leading the flotilla will be a


specially-made belfry carrying out new bells, the first of ten music


barges heralding a new section of boats. After the bells, the Royal


Row Barge, the Gloriana. That will be followed by 260 rowing boats.


They will be the pacesetters for the entire flotilla. After that, 56


boats reflecting the Commonwealth, the flags of the Commonwealth. Then,


we will see the Royal Squadron, including the Royal Barge itself,


carrying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. And behind the Royal


Party, 42 of the brave Dunkirk little ships, followed by 58


historic and service vessels. Then we find 50 working boats made up of


steamboats and tugs. Then 67 recreational motorboats and fire


vessels - I told you it was impressive in scale - 61


narrowboats and barges, 76 passenger boats. At the tail-end, a


great end to it, the last of the ten music barges with the London


Philharmonic Orchestra providing a wonderful finale at Tower Bridge


marking the end of the pageant. I'm breathless after that! It really is


spectacular. You can imagine all of that making the great progress


towards Tower Bridge. It will be a really big spectacle. That is the


order the boats will follow. To keep a close eye on the flotilla,


we have Sophie Raworth and Matt Baker. Let's join them. We will be


watching very closely. The crowds here have been waiting since 6.00am,


can you believe? Some have slept on the banks. As you have been saying,


remarkable pictures. There's hardly any room to stand along the sides.


Over a million people are expected to be here. That is despite the


very British weather! It's a great atmosphere out there. We have


special guests joining us here. We have also got a team of reporters


on boths, on bridges, on banks along the route. We will go live to


the Royal Row Barge, Gloriana. We will be joining servicemen and


women and Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew


Pinsent will be in action. Tess Daly is enjoying a very British


festival at Battersea Park. There she is. Not a bad Strictly jive.


Sian Williams is soaking up the atmosphere on Tower Bridge and


gearing up to the grand finale that will be taking place there.


Fantastic. Amazing crowds. It is fair to say that history is going


to be made on the River Thames today. Thank you very much. Back


with you when it's all about to start. We won't miss a second of it.


Our guide to the pageant, with a bird's-eye view, is the BBC's Paul


Dickenson. Welcome. Thank you, Huw. You said it will be


spectacular. It is building up very nicely here down at Chelsea Pier.


The imminent arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of


Cornwall and they, of course, are going to greet Her Majesty the


Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with the magnificent Chelsea


Pensioners who will form a Guard of Honour for the Queen, before she


meets with the Lord-Lieutenant of meets with the Lord-Lieutenant of


Greater London. He will be down there on the jetty. You can see his


back there. Herald trumpeters and the Queen's Barge Master are on


standby to welcome her on board the Britannia Launch. That boat is


going to take her on a short journey down to Cadogan Pier where


she will board the Royal Barge and there she will join other members


of the Royal Family. It is all very exciting.


Thank you very much. Nice to see the Chelsea Pensioners lined up


waiting for the Queen's arrival. Let me tell you what is going to


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When you hear the bells, that will There you are. A quick guide to the


timings. If all goes to plan, those timings will be adhered to pretty


firmly, despite the fact that, in some cases, the weather has


introduced a few complicating factors. That is the plan. Today's


river panellent will include some modern boats - we have seen --


river pageant will include some modern boats - we have seen some of


them. The idea, the concept of a river pageant is centuries'-old.


Some of the grandest events in London's long history have taken


place on the River Thames. I have been talking to some of those


closely involved in planning It is a waterway that spans 250


miles. It is the flow through the heart of London that's rightly


called "liquid history" and the noblest river in Europe. A symbol


of power and wealth down the ages. From merchants and bankers, to


tourists and traders, the River Thames has been the lifeblood of


London. It is that mix of power and pageantry, of money and might,


that's made this the location of some of the most spectacular Royal


events ever seen. The images of many of those events have been


brought together for the first time at the National Maritime Museum in


Greenwich. The centrepiece is a painting by Canaletto of a Lord


Mayor's Procession. This is the visual inspiration for the Thames


Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The last time this was seen in London was in


Canaletto's studio. The paint would have still been drying. These are


the great medieval companies who elect the Lord Mayor. They are


showing off the wealth and their status within the city. You really


do begin to use the river as this great processional route. Music was


part of that entertainment as well? Absolutely. You have to think of


George I commissioning Handl to write The Water Music. You have


guns being fired and crowds cheering. Are there lessons there


for 2012? I think London is better suited. The river is now better for


a pageant than it's ever been in the past. It is narrower. So people


are closer to the action. There are embankments and so many bridges on


the Thames now. For the viewer, it is spot-on now. And the man whose


job it is to match or beat the great pageants of the past is


Adrian Evans, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant Master. This is the first


time I have seen this painting in the flesh. It conveys the


excitement and just the thrill of being there on that great day.


you going to try and match this? I'd say bigger and better! If it


can be bigger and better, 260 years after Canaletto's masterpiece, why


take on the challenge of a grand river pageant in the 21st Century?


We are an island nation. The sea and the rivers are part of our


national character. It felt appropriate to be doing something


on water. The Thames has been revitalised, reinvented, if you


like, in recent years. It felt right to be doing a river pageant


for today's generation. What can we expect to see? There's 1,000 boats


on the River Thames. That is a scale that has not been seen for


generations. There are small boats and big boats and narrowboats.


There are motorised boats and man- powered boats and sailing boats


interleaved by ten music barges and, at the heart, the jewel, the Royal


Barge itself. When this great event is over, what, for you, will


constitute success? More than anything, I suppose, if people are


still talking about this event 250 years down the line, if you like if


it survives as well as Canaletto's image has, I will have made history.


That is the challenge. It was a lovely day on the Thames a few days


ago. Let's not think too much about that today. If you get the


opportunity at any stage to pop along to the National Maritime


Museum, it is worth seeing the exhibition, if only to see that


Canaletto. I don't think it will be back here for a long time to come.


It is a fantastic, splendid, glorious painting. A little plug


for that! That is the thinking and the history behind today's


spectacular event. The organisers - we heard Adrian there - they want


it to be big, memorable and they want it to be lots of fun. So stay


with us. It is all about to start. I will hand you over to Sophie and


Matt to guide you through the afternoon. Enjoy it.


We are at Old Billingsgate. What a view we have got, opposite HMS


Belfast, where the grand finale will be in just a few hours' time.


This is where all the boats are heading on their five-mile journey.


It will be an extraordinary sight. There are huge crowds who have been


waiting for hours and hours. Some have camped overnight! We got some


great stories from them. Miles back up the Thames, all the way to


Putney, are the boats. They are queuing up in what is called the


muster. Some have been out there since 10.00am this morning. Your


dad is one of them! My dad is one of them. They have been waiting


there to take their part in the pageant. Those man-powered boats


will be leading the way. How come these boats have been chosen to


take part today? Well, all the vessels were selected and invited


by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Team and the Port Authority.


Some have been chosen because of their links with the River Thames.


There's every sort of boat that you could possibly imagine. Boat fans


are in their elements today. Look out for dinghys, dragonboats,


kayaks and many others. Once they are finally released from their


moorings, it is going to be a terrific sight. 1,000 vessels on


the River Thames, accompanying the Royal Barge as it makes its way up


here to Tower Bridge. Only in Great Britain you could get this! In this


weather! Indeed. The question is how many umbrellas will be out


there? We are showcasing many people who have made their way from


all over the UK and the Commonwealth to be here today.


the last couple of days, the vessels have had to undergo a


rigorous inspection to make sure they are seaworthy. Chris Hollins


has been finding out if they are all fit to float.


Hundreds of boats will be descending on the Thames. So,


imagine what would happen if one of them broke down or sank? The


celebration could turn into chaos. The task of making sure that


doesn't happen is down to Brian, Jason and their team of inspectors.


We are looking at the general arrangements of boat, making sure


they have safety equipment on there. Life jackets as well - making sure


they fit. That kind of thing. So safety is paramount for this event


to be a success. Nearly 200 boats have come here to West India Dock


to be inspected. The Marine and Coastguard Agency usually has a


team of eight inspectors. For the pageant, they have teamed up with


the Port of London Authority. It is a massive job. It has been quite a


long process. We know most of the boats now. Inside and out! How many


boats have you been looking at? Over 500. I'm not very skilful. Do


You must be Sarah, according to our list. Hello. Nice to meet you.


you. Can you take us to the engine room? Certainly. We are looking for


leakages. Oil. This looks immaculate. It is, yes. A big


thumbs up from you? Yes. I'll check out the kettle, the milk and


biscuits. No tea and biscuits for the port of London authority,


they've now got to get all the boats to the start point of the


pageant and lined up safely. Now we are coming up to the busiest bit,


right? This bit from tower pier to Westminster Bridge, this is, you


know, without doubt the busiest waterway in the UK, probably this


little bit here the busiest water port in Europe.


The logistics of this event are simply breathtaking. This lot are


all lined up and ready. So that's 82 of them. 918 to go!


Chris will be a busy man this afternoon. He's on board Constant,


the boat that has the flexibility to move throughout different


sections of the Pageant throughout the day. Tell us more? Right now,


we are just in-between Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge and you


can probably just make out in the can probably just make out in the


distance there that beautiful Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell and


we are really just on the south side of the river. You can probably


make out there will be an emergency lane there and you probably saw the


Port of London Authority, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and


the RNLI. We'll be watching and making sure this goes without a


hitch. Let's go back to the Royal Barge because I think a few members


of the Royal Family have just arrived. Chelsea Bridge is where we


are at at the moment and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of


Cornwall being greeted by Sir David Brewer, the Lord lieutenant of


Greater London, a great day for him. The gentleman on the right hand


side is actually a former Lord Mayor of the City of London. He's


certainly used to these regal occasions.


The atmosphere, as I was saying, has been building beautifully here


at Chelsea. They will take the short walk down the pier in a


little while as they wait for Her Majesty the Queen on her great day.


Chelsea Hospital Colonel introducing the Prince of Wales to


I called them earlier the magnificent Chelsea Pensioners -


what a fantastic day for them too. Their home of course is the Royal


Chelsea Hospital. It was founded back in 1682 by King Charles II.


They provided soldiers with a fitting home in their retirement


after service to their country. The hospital is in fact making itself


ready to receive soldiers from the current campaigns in Afghanistan


and Iraq and those -- when those Just look at the number of


spectators in the background there. The Prince of Wales just talking to


Dorothy Hope, the only lady in that contingent. And down at Cadogan


Pier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Duke's


brother, Prince Harry. They're being met by the Deputy Lord


Just spending a bit of time walking and talking which they do and have


slotted in to this role beautifully. Those people will have been


delighted to have met the Duchess today.


That's looking back up Cadogan Pier. From where the Queen and the Duke


of Edinburgh will ultimately alight. The Spirit of Chartwell which will


take them down the river towards The Britannia launch just in the


foreground there to the left hand side of that other ship, just at


the bottom of the pier. Prince Charles is the man who will meet


The atmosphere back at Cadogan Pier, which is about an eighth of a


nautical mile away from the Chelsea Pier, absolutely incredible. If


this is a sane of things to come, we are in for a fantastic day.


-- sense of things to come, we are in for a fantastic day. Michael


Locket and his wife, the Chief Executive officer of the Thames


Jubilee Foundation. Just walking ahead of Prince Harry


And those people who've waited patiently for so many hours have


only had a brief glimpse of the Royal party but they'll be


absolutely delighted. There is the Spirit of Chartwell. We'll be


obviously talking about that a lot more throughout the afternoon. And


and that is the boat that will take the Royal party at the Head of The


Pageant right down to tower Bridge. The Deputy Lord lieutenant shaking


hands there with the Duke of Prince William in his RAF uniform


accompanied, of course, by his brother, Captain of the Army air


corps in the Blues and Royals, number one ceremonial dress. The


gentleman with his back to us, the Pageant master, Adrian Evans. He's


been responsible for goodness only knows how long now for putting


everything together. The Royal watermen greeting the Royal party


as they come on board. So the advanced guard is on the Spirit of


Chartwell as they wait for the guest of honour. Princess Elizabeth


steam train on Battersea rail bridge. The train has been on the


bridge since round about 2 o'clock, just a little while ago. There are


four men on board. The chairman of the Princess Elizabeth locomotive


society Ltd. He's the main man certainly. The crowd is building up


superbly. There's a little bit of wind, but I don't think it's going


to affect the passage of all the boats that are going to be on the


river in just a little under half an hours' time. Down at Southwark


now and the crowds here, goodness me, absolutely huge. Last time we


saw crowds on the streets of London this big were back, of course, in


April, when we had the London Marathon. And what a year it's


We saw some Royals at Wembley yesterday when of course England


beat Belgium 1-0. I'm sure football fans will realise that. And we saw


some look-alikes there and we have a few here too.


There is just a little preview of Pageants on the river have been


going on for a long, long time, the first was 1843. And that is the


Queen's car coming around the corner very shortly. In fact, it


was the Lord Mayor's show that used to start on the river. That's why


they were called floats in those Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth


II. The Duke of Edinburgh too. Being greeted by Sir David Brewer.


I do believe the crowd already are Simon Bait again of Chelsea


Hospital introduces the 20 Chelsea Pensioners on what is their great


day today as well. And these are all men and women who've seen


service, active service for their country. Of course, there's a very


strong relationship between the Donald Cosack was one of the


gentlemen in the wheelchair. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of


Cornwall meeting mother and mother- The Duke of Edinburgh just out of


shot wearing his Admiral of the The six trumpeters of the Royal


Marines on bought the Connaught. Mr Jason to the Britannia launch


Certainly, the Queen will know the Britannia Launch well. Now she


meets the Heralds, who are flanking her either side.


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. She was greeted on board, the Britannia Launch, by


The Royal Launch, of course, of Her Majesty's yacht Britannia, was used


while the Royal yacht was in service to convey the Queen from


ship-to-shore. Decommissioned in 1997. The train sending her message


to the Queen. For train enthusiasts, The Duke of Edinburgh recognising


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that these crowds are so The flotilla has begun. Amazing.


The thing that strikes me is the look on the Queen's face. She looks


so happy to be back on the Britannia Launch. Absolutely


beaming. Fantastic. We are joined by Dr Anna Whitelock, historian,


and also by Wesley Kerr. Amazing scenes. The Queen is thrilled by


this. This is one of her favourite boats. Famously, she wept when


Britannia was decommissioned in '97. Britannia, they said, was the only


house that they owned that they were able to choose the interior


furnishings for and they loved that ship. This was the little launch. I


have been on that launch. When Britannia was out in the harbour,


that will be the launch that would take you to parties. She is almost


like a little girl. The wonderful thing I love about the Queen is


that she loves every little outing. She loves to be busy. She loves to


do her job. They didn't suggest this, the Palace. They have


embraced it whole heartedly. She will be thinking of the wonderful


enjoyment both the television viewers and the million people who


are going to see it in her great capital city. She's opened half the


buildings she will be passing today. What an amazing day for her today


and for the Duke. To be there, on that launch that took her to the


places... All round the Commonwealth. It was a proper ship.


It was just so beautiful. 220 sailors it had. No shouted orders,


just hand signals. It was their floating home. Anna, put this all


in context. We are going to see 1,000 vessels on the River Thames.


It is hugely significant. The association between the Royals and


the river has gone back centuries, of course. Also, at key moments,


the Royals have shown themselves on the river. It has been this great


conveyor belt through history. The Royals have turned out on the river


at times of celebration. We see that today. Famously, Charles II,


after the restoration of the monarchy, he brings Katherine along


the river to introduce her to the city at a time when she hasn't been


crowned because she is Catholic. So, key moments. Anne Boleyn, of course,


travelled along the Thames for her Coronation and then three years


later, to the Tower of London. We saw the Canaletto painting. The


Pageant Master has said, "What's going to be the Canaletto of


today's image?" Who will be the next Canaletto? It will be an


iconic moment to catch the Queen getting on and off the barge.


Thames is so much narrower? Yes, the 1662 pageant was described by


the bloggers of the day as, "The most spectacular pageant ever." Is


this going to be a poor imitation? I don't think so! It is much


narrower and more intense. The banks of the river are heaving.


hope the wind stays down for the rowers. Rowing into a head wind --


head-wind is not fun. People will see this as a key moment. The Royal


Launch is ferrying the Queen to the Chelsea Pier. Britannia is moored


permanently at Leith Docks and we are been finding out from some


former crew members why it holds On the working parties that we


On the working parties that we attend, it is a pilgrimage now. We


all like to work out part of the ship. We have all got stories to


tell, stories to relate to. This was my home for 11 years. This was


my bunk. I think the great part of being on the Britannia was the soul,


which was the people. It was all one big happy family. We worked for


the Royal Family. I used to write scripts that involved ten or 12


people. The band would assemble here. The audience would be here.


Sitting right here would be the Royal Family. One of the greatest


things about doing one of these performances was the pleasure to


see Her Majesty the Queen laughing. It was a fabulous sensation.


Britannia for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was always


special. This was really the home that they made, coincident with


being a Royal Yacht. She would travel abroad, meet all the people,


she would come back, sit in her own quarters, relax, and she really did


enjoy coming on board. She would walk around in a jumper and a pair


of slacks and a headscarf and be relaxed knowing there was no


paparazzi around the corner trying to take photographs. She said, "I'm


12-13,000 miles from London. This is my home." This vessel was


decommissioned on 11th December 1997. The Queen's Piper had come


down from Balmoral. He was playing Highland Cathedral. The piece of


music at that time was stunning. That is the time that the tears


rolled down everybody's face. will always remain with all of us


who were here at the end. It was a very moving day, there is no


question about that. It is that line, 11,000 miles away, she felt


as if she was at home. It was so important to her, Britannia? When


she hosted a reception, she would just wander around like she would


do at her house, and they were completely at ease. You could have


grand things. They could host 250 people, or you could have intimate


things. Famously, the summer holiday began every year going up


the Western Isles of Scotland. Then having lunch with the Queen Mother,


so they would come aboard on that launch. The Queen would greet them


and give the most marvellous meal. This is some of the greatest


occasions of their life as a occasions of their life as a


married couple. Yeah. As well as being a great flagship for Britain.


I remember seeing it in Belize and we had been on tour with her in


South America. There was the ship. Her joy as she walked along the


gangways. I remember her once saying to me in the Cayman Islands,


"I'm so glad we brought the boat this time!" She is so happy to be


back on it. They love boats. They were on a canal barge in Burnley,


an amphibious vehicle in Liverpool and a ship at Els mere port. They


love boats. Their -- at Ellesmere Port. They love boats. Her


grandfather was a sailor. Two of her kids were sailors. They just


love ships. What do you think she will make... She is about to reach


the Royal Barge. We can see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. What


will she make of that? It's the marvellous combination of spectacle


and intimacy, which is the great joy of having a family on the


throne. There she is, about to see her kids, her grandkids. It's a


family outing. We can all take part in that outing. What a joyous


occasion. People say the Queen has seen everything before. She won't


have seen anything like today. is an interesting point. This isn't


the first time she has been on the water in Jubilee terms? Nothing so


grand. In 1977, there was - she progressed from Greenwich to


Lambeth for the Silver Jubilee. There was a pageant then. It was


only 140 boats. Famously, when she came back from the Commonwealth


tour on Britannia in 1954, she came here to the pool of London, where


we are, with Churchill on board. It is so much part of our history, so


much part of her history, the family history. The Royal Watermen


on board the Britannia Launch getting everything absolutely


perfect. The Queen will alight a ship she knows so well. Then to


move on to the Royal Barge. Everybody is looking forward to


seeing this magnificent craft, The Spirit of Chartwell, slip her


moorings and head off downstream towards Tower Bridge. That is when


the pageant really gets under way. The many guests on board can't wait


for the presence of the Queen and 220 feet in length, that's a little


under 70 metres. 22 feet wide, just over six-and-a-half metres. Has a


maximum speed of 12 knots but I don't think she'll need to go that


quick here today. It's a big craft. Looks absolutely resplendent.


Bedecked with flowers and plants. And very rich velvet there down the


side of the boat. Gold medallions embossing the velvet swags. Luckily,


if it starts to rain heavily, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh


will sit at the top of this craft. The Royal Standard being raised to


show the presence of the Queen. That gilding is absolutely


A top British craftsman been working on that craft creating


magnificent gilded sculptures, just to decorate the boat. Looks


The wind seems to be picking up a little bit. As we can see from the


Pennants which are almost parallel to the deck. The Queen and the Duke


of Edinburgh are on board. Adrian Evans, the Pageant Master greets


Gentleman with his back to us there, Admiral Mark Stanner, the First Sea


Lord, greets members of the Royal This really must be a fantastic day


for the Queen. I'm sure we'll be talking throughout the afternoon


about some of the changes she's seen since she came to the throne.


I don't think I've seen the Queen smile so much in such a short time.


Wonderful to see. And the barge looks amazing. While


the Queen greets some of her guests, we'll go to some of London's most


famous bridges, because along the Thames, we have, not just hundreds


of thousands of people, but also an army of reporters. Let's say hello.


Right, I'm on Westminster Bridge, we've got a huge crowd here and


they're all... CHEERING Are they ready to cheer?!


This is my old stomping ground, the Palace of Westminster, but I've


never seen anything like this, we are all excited getting ready for


the boats to come up here. I'll be talking about the pomp and


pageantry with the actor, Richard E Grant. We are going to be here in


the best place on the front row of Over the centuries, hundreds of


artists have turned to the River Thames for inspiration. We've seen


the famous Canaletto who created a verys a tellically pleasing London,


for the may nous 19th century artists like Turner, Whistler and


Monet, they wanted realism, they wanted to relish the grimey


underbelly of London and most of all, they loved weather. Plenty of


that today. The wind, rain, fog, mist, you name it. I'm on the


millennium Bridge, it's become the arts and cafs Bridge for today and


here with 20 artists, we are all here to capture the moment that the


Royal Pageant flows past us -- arts and crafts. We want to put our own


unique stamp on this grand moment in history.


This impressive London landmark has been painted a good few times. This,


of course, is Tower Bridge and I'm in the crowd, we are all very


excited because we are going to... CHEERING


We are going to be here for a fantastic finale. We are in prime


position. Just to let you know what is coming up. We have a man here


later who knows everything there is to know about Tower Bridge and all


the architectural gems up and down the rufr Thames, Dan Cruickshank


will be talking us through that. We'll speak to the tourer Bridge


master who'll be feeling nervous, Eric Suthern, because he has the


job of raising the bridge to let the flotilla pass through. And, we


are going to be entertained this afternoon by the cast of The


Horrible Histories. Enchente... Charles II.


I know who you are. Sian having a lovely time there.


Enchente. Very clever. I have to say, I went


on board the Royal Barge about two weeks ago and it did not look like


that. That's Gloriana isn't it? That's why it didn't look like that.


I thought they were zooming out. That is Spirit of Chartwell. That


is it. 24 carat gold. Look at that! Spectacular, absolutely amazing.


The flowers done by Rachel de Thame, thousands of blooms on to the decks


she's put on there, the thrones which have been specially made. And


Adrian who's talking her through all of this, what a moment for him.


Can you imagine sleeping last night for him? It's three years in the


making this. Three years he's been preparing this, and this is the big


day. The weather could have been better but actually, it's holding


on. She's just beaming though isn't she, just so can't wait to sit down


and get going. Yes, she's just nodding him through now saying, can


we sit down and get on with it. She'll spend 75 minutes between


Cadogan Pier and up here to Tower Bridge and she'll be spending most


of that time, if not all, on deck, very aware that the public have


come out thousands and thousands of people on the river banks just to


see her on show on the Royal Barge. There we are, setting the tempo.


The watermen. The boat that will be leading this historic pageant is


called the Belfry, a boat with eight bells on board, each bell


named after one of the senior Royals, the biggest being the


Queen's. The Belfry weighser in nearly 11 tonnes and will be


ringing out pretty much continuously along the way which


will be incredible. Along the route, bells in churches in London and


across the UK will answer it as it goes. That is something like 1,000


bells ringing out. So if you can hear bells wherever you are in a


village, you will know what is going on. The sound generator will


not need any amplification, but right on board the Belfry leading


the way in this pageant is John Barrowman. How are you getting on?


I'm doing very well. A little cold, but can I say how amazing and crazy


this barge is. Look just above us. We have eight of the most glorious


bells that are going to be ringing out in celebration of the Jubilee.


They're just starting now. It's going to get very loud. Later on in


the pageant, I'm going to give a try at ringing the bells with these


guys, dick enson Dickon Love and his Team will be doing this. The


tunes are very difficult. I'll hand back to the studio because we are


now starting the river pageant, it's going to be amazing and it's a


day when we should all be proud to be British! Listen to the bells -


What a delight they are. Thanks ever so much, John.


Court of Appeal that is going to be, coming up on the Thames -- call to


peel. Angelica Bell is at one of the most famous Hospitals in the


world, St Thomas', and is hoping to meet some Jubilee babies born on


this historic weekend. Any news yet?


Lots of news. Hello and welcome to the Garden Room on the maternity


ward here. We are on the seventh floor directly opposite the Houses


of Parliament and has a spectacular view of the River Thames, as you


can see, and of the flotilla that will come by in an hour. St Thomas'


Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in the world and during


the reign of Queen Elizabeth, they have delivered 250,000 babies. This


is the perfect place to be to welcome in our Jubilee babies. We


have got a couple here recorded now. Eli here, he was six pounds seven.


Down here we have a baby girl, four pounds four ounces, so cute,


haven't got a name yet and I'm thinking Elizabeth might work. Over


here some new parents, Sian and Graham. Thank you so much for


talking to us. Who do we have her? Helena Molly Anne townsend. What


did she way? Seven pounds nine ounces. An hour old and you look


incredible. Well done mummy and daddy too. It's a great weekend to


have a baby isn't it the Unbelievable. We knew about this


facility here and it was amazing place and we were hoping we could


get here today. As it happens I thought it was game over on


Thursday, I got the call back to London, got here, it was a false


alarm. Anyway, at that stage, I asked Sian to cross her legs for


48-hours knowing we could hold off to get a great view of the pageant


today. Fantastic. Helena must have listened to you and done what she's


told. The only time she's ever going to pay any attention to her


father. We have a present for her here which says "I'm a Jubilee


Baby". Excellent. Come back to us and


hopefully we'll have some more arrivals, but bye for now.


Great! The Royal arrivals have happened, an Eli and baby girl with


no name. I love the fact that her husband asked her to cross her legs


so they could be here today. Can you imagine when you are out here!


There is an estimated 10,000 street parties and celebrations around the


country, Tess Daly is getting into the Jubilee spirit at Battersea


Park Festival, wonder if she's still jiving, the world's longest


jive if she is. Still jiving. Ooh. Thank you very much. That's why you


don't see me dancing much on Strictly Come Dancing! This


bandstand in Battersea Park is dedicated to the Coronation era. As


you can see, it's in full swing right now with music and dancing


from every decade since 19 52. There's so much happening here


today in the park to celebrate 60 years at the Queen's rule, with


music, fashion and food. Fabulous. There is a competition to blow the


world's tallest cake coming up. A rumage through vintage memorabilia


coming up too. It will be wonderful. I'll join the crowds hoping to


catch a glimpse of the Queen when she arrives at Cadogan Pier in a


few moments' time. We have a Bird's Eye view here so join us more. I'm


dancing! Bye! Fantastic.


Brilliant. OK, let's have a quick look out at


the river now. This is just fantastic. Albert Bridge. That is


the manpowered section you can just catch Gloriana and there's the


Belfry which will be leading the way. The bells already peeling out.


John Barrowman to the left. That's the Gloriana, that beautiful


boat built by Mark Edwards from Richmond who's built a few of these


boats actually, The Jubilant also and he did one for the Queen's


Golden Jubilee I think it was. A real master boat builder. I think


your dad is off to the left. About ten rows back. Dressed like


something out of Alice in Wonderland. When he's in vision,


We all know about the Royal Barge. On the boat that you just saw, the


Royal Row Barge, Gloriana, that has some precious cargo on it, indeed.


There's some very special people on there rowing. In the stroke


position, to the right-hand side, we have Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir


Matthew Pinsent. We also have a couple of Olympic silver medallists


behind them. Also, we have Clare Balding.


This is extraordinary. Gloriana, built especially for the Diamond


Jubilee, named in honour of Elizabeth I, built in honour of


Elizabeth II. Look at this, 18 rowers setting the pace for the


man-powered division. We have 260 boats in the man-powered. So Sir


Matthew Pinsent here setting the pace of four knots. We have Sir


Steve Redgrave over here. The tough thing for people as competitive as


this is to row steady. Four knots is the pace. We have ex-servicemen,


we have the guys who rowed naked across the Atlantic! I will be


trying to talk to a few of those. We have just passed the Queen on


the Royal Barge. This is the head I have to be honest, the two Sirs


are looking a bit puffed-out there! It truly is a beautiful craft. 90-


feet-long. The largest road vessel -- rowed vessel in the UK. That is


the view the Royal Party have got. Gloriana begins to creep past. A


lovely moment for all of those people on board. All the man-


powered craft begin to make their way past. The pageant is well and


Well, we can see the mass of boats moving down the river towards Tower


Bridge. A little bit further up from where we are, currently, as


the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watch on, we have Chris Hollins


waiting for the first arrivals. Thank you very much, indeed. You


can probably sense and hear the crowd at Battersea Park behind me


as the man-powered section, led by the Gloriana, comes towards us. I


must say how windy it is down here on the River Thames. It will be


extremely hard work, not necessarily for Sir Steve Redgrave


and Sir Matthew Pinsent, but let's say for the less-qualified rowers


further behind. They have to be speeding along here at four knots


for 15 miles! It should be extremely hard work. We are getting


very excited as this glorious boat approaches us here. We can see the


colour, the splendour. It is a remarkable scene here. The crowds


have been waiting so long to see this in the damp and the cold. Now,


that glorious moment has arrived for them. A long way to go for some


of these rowers. I was talking to them earlier. They were looking


forward to it. This is the moment they have been training for for so


very long. At the top of the programme, we


showed you that wonderful picture by Canaletto and I guess these


pictures here are the BBC's Canaletto moment. These beautiful


craft just easing past The Spirit of Chartwell, on the left-hand side


In a few moments' time, we will be having all of these man-powered


craft, with their own special salute to the Queen on her day of


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds


There really is smiles all round at Well, in amongst these man-powered


boats, is a chap called Ben Fogle. There he is. Can you hear us, Ben?


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


are going past Her Majesty the Queen, The Spirit of Chartwell. It


is absolutely magnificent. I'm just doing my Royal Salute! Hip, hip,


hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! That's Garrison Sergeant


Major Bill Mott. Those people who remember Ben Fogle and James


Cracknell rowing the Atlantic. I'm so glad they have decided to put


Absolutely stunning pictures. You can certainly see... Hip, hip,


hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! I was about to say you can


certainly see how the wind has picked up. Then it struck me, you


certainly need a big voice to be a Garrison Sergeant Major! Bill Mott


The sight of all these boats 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. You can just sit as a passenger and watch the world


go by. The banks of Battersea Park are packed. In the foreground there,


Ben Fogle. He looks very comfortable. He is a good all-round


sportsman. I think that's Blue Peter's Helen Skelton sitting


The five or six miles that Ben and his crew are rowing this time, a


far cry from that epic journey that he made a few years ago across the


Atlantic. Albert Bridge in the background. It's one of the most


beautiful bridges, especially in the evening when it's lit up.


Sometimes known as "the trembling lady" because of the tendency to


wobble, especially when troops from the nearby Chelsea Barracks go


Well, in case you are wondering what's happened to the Royal Barge,


it is still moored at Cadogan Pier. As soon as this section of boats


has moved past, the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, will just


ease away from Cadogan Pier into the middle of the River Thames.


This is the first of all of the sections of boats that are involved


BELLS RING I am sure you can hear - 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 home at BAND PLAYS


We promised you a lot of fun. These guys and girls are certainly having


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


carnival atmosphere down on the River Thames and on the banks, too.


Indeed, on the Royal Barge, too. There are still many, many boats to


come. There's the Worcester Busters, one of the many dragonboats that


are in this first part of the pageant. I have a feeling that one,


all the paddlers there are all survivors of cancer. What a


beautiful shot. I did mention the number of medallists that were in


that boat. As well as Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent,


we have the sisters who won a silver medal in Sydney in 2000. The


Maori rowers there. Always look war-like. You would hate to play


rugby against them after seeing a Haka. I am promised they are all


The Spirit of Chartwell just being And some of the Venetians that are


It's so, so colourful out there today. Sometimes the River Thames


looks a bit grey, looks a bit dark and there's plenty of colour on


display here today. Just fabulous. So much response


from the crowds on the banks and bridges as well. People on their


balconies and flats and just all the way down you are hearing cheers


and seaing flags being waved. The make-up of this boat, both in terms


of the crew that are rowing it, all 18 people and the guests on board,


very much with the message of empowering those who're able-bodied


or disabled because we have injured servicemen on board here and


encouraging all of them to take to the water and feel the thrill of


this motion. In terms of this Royal rowing barge, glor glor, it was


years in conception, but it took I think if the Gloriana slows down,


somebody should get Clare to to a leg or two. 260 or so manpowered


boats. They've already gone past the Spirit of Chartwell, so won't


be too long before the Spirit of Chartwell undergoes her journey as


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


crewed by sea cadets from all over Certainly people in the parade


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


We've obviously got a little problem. We'll catch up with Chris


a little later on as we just concentrate for a little longer on


the manpowered boats. There once again are the gondolas with the


Italian contingent. Beautiful boats aren't they? Always think they must


be devilishly difficult to steer. But these guys are doing a grand


job. One of the Maori canoes just on the far side there, the War


I think we've solved the problem, so we can now catch up with Chris


Hollins. Yes, thank you very much indeed. We


had a slight problem with the microphone, probably due to the


excitement. The majority of the manpower section going through


there, the remnants there as they power their way through, the


Venetian gondola just at the end bringing up the rear. But they are


working extremely hard. We had a couple of chats with some Indians


in the canoes making various noises but they said they might be out of


breath at the end. If they get out of breath, these guys will come


into action, the RNLI, cruising up and down the emergency lane. If


they can't keep up the pace of four knots, they'll just be dragged


along. They are on duty, concentrating all the time, and


we'll monitor them and the Port of London Authority, as they just help


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


river. It's fantastic. I hope you The Queen certainly waiting


patiently for the Spirit of Chartwell to move out to join its


Boris Johnson once again elected as Mayor of London enjoying himself,


as he tends to do on these occasions. Also the Lord Mayor of


the City of London standing to the right hand side. Of course, the


Lord Mayor's pageant every year is another great spectacle in London


that we can look forward to later on this year.


One of the last occasions when pictures came from the River Thames


some years ago now was the funeral of a great statesman, Sir Winston


Churchill. It was this boat that brought his coffin down the River


Thames. On that occasion, I remember the crowds were absolutely


immense. That is Trinity no 1 Bot, Master of the Trinity House. Vice


Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence there. And the barge finally moves away from


the pier to begin her journey five miles or so down the river, to pass


some amazing landmarks. Princess Anne's boat will form part of the


squadron of vessels that will be The organisers have done an


absolutely magnificent job, not just on the sprirt of Chartwell but


on the whole day so far the Royal Barge moving out into the centre of


the river where it will join the flotilla of boats. We just saw a


glimpse there of all the heralds which will just move ahead of the


Royal Barge. The flags of the Commonwealth just


ahead of them. I've got a feeling Trinity no 1 with Princess Anne is


They're just about there in terms of the Royal Barge moving forwards.


The Duke of Edinburgh certainly seems to be enjoying himself here


As the Connaught moves ahead of the Absolute precision as the Royal


Barge slots into line just behind the four boats that are in front of


The Middleton family present, two thirds of the way on the left hand


side there, Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge.


They're on board the Elizabethan. Mrs Carol Middleton there in the


cream top and skirt. Her husband standing too to the right hand side


away from her along with sister of the Duchess, Pippa, and the brother


Certainly the manpowered boats have 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.


I tell you, Thousands of people standing here on the river banks


behind us. They are not seeing these pictures, they have no idea


what is heading their way. This is where it will all finish in about


an hour and a quarter up at Tower Bridge. Extraordinary scenes. If


you are not sure what to expect, this is the order the flotilla will


follow. The Royal Jubilee Bells is the first of ten music barges


making each of the sections of boats taking part in this


procession. That's where John Barrowman is, we saw him earlier


having a go at rigging that. Following that, the Gloriana and


behind her, the 250 row boats which are actings a the pace setters for


the flotilla. Then there are kayaks and dragon boats, as well as other


boats in the man-powered section. Flags of the Commonwealth then and


the Royal section headed by the Royal Barge carrying the Queen, the


Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family. Behind them,


we haven't seen much of them yet, but we'll find the Dunkirk litp


ships and other historic vessels which make up the biggest


collection of historic boats ever to assemble on the River Thames.


Then time for the service botss that work on the river on a daily


basis -- boats. Steam and working vessels, leisure, recreation,


motorboats, narrow boats and barges and then the passenger boats. And


bringing it all up at the tail end of this huge procession, 1,000


vessels is the London Philharmonic Orchestra who will be entertaining


us all along the way marking the end of the pageant when they


finally arrive here at Tower Bridge. Amazing. Thankfully they haven't


played singing in the rain just yet. All the umbrellas are down, I think


we are OK, the rain is holding off. A bit too much rain and wind for my


liking for the rowers. Back to Battersea Park, Tess Daly


is there soaking up the atmosphere at a huge party.


We are all very excited here because we've just this moment seen


the Queen going by. Brilliant. Lots of whooping and hollering over


here. The last time that Battersea Park saw an event like this was in


1951 for the Festival of Britain when the park was turned into a


pleasure garden. Margaret and Fred you were here in 1951, you are here


today, it must be a very special day for you both? It is, it's very


special to be back here. Seeing the Queen again? I didn't see the Queen,


I must admit last time, I saw a beautiful festival, but I didn't


see the Queen. Fred, does it bring back special memories for you back


here today Absolutely. It was a brilliant time, 1951, the war just


finished a few years and everybody was really happy. Everyone was


celebrating the end of austerity weren't they? Yes. And we have


found an MBE. Why are you an MBE? For services to the Lord's justices,


I work at the law courts. I believe you met the Queen not once but


twice. How was that? Oh, delightful, an occasion never to be forgotten.


Did you have a little chat? I did indeed. Shake hands? Yes and it was


lovely. Congratulations. And Harold, I believe you are celebrating the


diversity of the Commonwealth today. You look fabulous. Thank you very


much, so do you. We have another artist, we are doing Commonwealth


Queen make-overs. There's a bee on you. So we are transforming people


into different Commonwealth and Caribbean and African Queens,


Indian Princesses. We are doing that all day in the park. I'll make


Weiwei over for a make-over later. It would be great to transform you.


And an Italian lady, what are you doing here? I love this country,


married an Englishman and aisle here to celebrate with everybody


else. This is a piece of history, the Coronation was great, I have


memorabilia from that. Look at that. Genuine vintage ribbon from 19 52?


As you can see. Head-to-toe, you look gorgeous. Today is a


celebration of British culture here at the Diamond Jubilee Festival and


the Queen is a huge part of that. Thank you. I can't believe how well


The Spirit of Chartwell moved up. We will go back down into the


action to see Clare Balding on the Gloriana.


We have Will Dixon here. He has rowed the Atlantic, 3,000 miles of


it. Will, how much of an honour is it to have been invited to row on


board Gloriana? Incredible. We would have been very surprised to


be leading on Gloriana. It is an inspiring crew to be part of. A


couple of old duffers at the front! A real mix of individuals and


stories on board. The man who won his fifth gold medal, he is


stroking the boat. How is it feeling? Really good. Amazing


crowds. I have rowed in some big crowds before, but not into the


millions, as it is here. In terms of things you have done, where does


this rank? Very special. It is right up there. As long as we get


there first! We are trying not to race. It is a fantastic honour.


When I was asked to put a crew together, all my first choices came


forward. Everyone was really excited. Were you the chief


selector? Sort of, yes. Lord Stirling was the guy that's in


charge. I was blown away when I saw the boat in its shell form. To see


it now, it is unbelievable! It is a beautiful rowing barge. It has such


a great atmosphere on board. All of them putting in a fair bit of


effort. Look at Sir Matthew Pinsent, a man who once had the most lung


capacity of any athlete, didn't you? That was some record. It was


all right. I'm using a bit of it now! Keeping you warm? That is


right. You are setting a beautiful pace. Gloriana making its way down


the river. We can start to see the London Eye. A magnificent sight.


Clare, they are making it look so easy. It looks fantastic. The River


Thames was not only a busy route for river traffic, but it is also a


source of artistic inspiration. John Sergeant can tell us more.


That's right. We have got the audience. CHEERING It's a terrific


show. These Royal occasions have a great theatrical side to them. I


have invited along one of our great actors, Richard E Grant. He is


dressed for the occasion. What have you got on? I have a Union Jack tie.


My belt. Yeah? My Union Jack socks and my underwear! Shall I reveal


that Richard E Grant is wearing special Royal underpants? I am,


indeed. OK. Here we are. Tell us why you are so keen to be dressed


for the part? I grew up in Swaziland. This is the perfect


place for me to be. We are looking at a theatrical occasion? We are.


Incredible. It is about the biggest you could wish for. We can see the


beginning of what is going to be the 1,000 ships that are going to


come past here. That is quite a moment? Yes. Bigger than Strictly


Come Dancing for you! We have got - the river has so many artistic


associations. Shakespeare's Globe... The Red Light District! Over there


is where Charles Dickens worked as a young boy. It was. So the Thames,


really, it runs through the English story all the time, the British


story? It does. Yeah. You are going to talk to us about Wordsworth?


am. In 1802, he crossed this bridge and wrote a poem. You have that


poem? I do. Off you go. Here we go.


Earth has not anything to show more fair.


Dull would he be of soul who could pass by.


A sight so touching in its majesty. This City now doth like a garment


wear. The beauty of the morning: silent,


bare. Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and


temples lie. Open unto the fields, and to the


sky. All bright and glittering in the


smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully


steep. In his first splendour valley, rock,


or hill. Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so


deep! The river glideth at his own sweet


will. Dear God! The very houses seem


asleep. And all that mighty heart is lying


still! Well done. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE


The Royal Barge continuing on its way. I have to say those two, they


are almost like mini thrones, not getting a lot of use by the Queen,


or by the Duke of Edinburgh. The wind blowing across the bows of the


boat. That, presumably, will mean steering is an issue for something


as long as this boat. Somewhere on that boat as well is the owner of


The Spirit of Chartwell, along with his daughter, Mr Philip Morrell and


his daughter, Kim. Along with the ten watermen and the Queen's Barge


Master, Paul Ludwig. He must be a The Prince of Wales on the left-


hand side. The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge waving, along


with Prince Harry. Good to see the Pageant Master looking quite


relaxed as he talks to Prince Charles. I am sure he is delighted


with the way things have turned out today. That gives you a good idea


as well as to how much preparation - many, many people undertook to


get this barge looking its best and they have certainly done a great


A big wave from the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge


as well. The Queen went below deck on The Spirit of Chartwell a short


time ago. It is an extraordinary barge. I went on it a couple of


weeks ago. The transformation has been done by a film-set designer.


Below deck has been made to look like the inside of the Orient


Express. You feel like you are on a train but on the water! She has 60


people down there being served drinks... It is a floating palace.


It is. We are seeing so many boats. Let's go to one with a bit of


character. Mishal Husain is on a working tug boat that's made its


way from Yorkshire and it was quite a journey. Can you hear us?


Yes, this is the working boat section of the flotilla. So some


noisy vessels around me. Steamboats and tugs. I am on a tug. This is


The Wheldale, a coal tug. It was built in 1959. It had the job of


pulling pans of coal from the mines to the docks. Never a vessel that


was designed for long journeys. Yet, it's made a really remarkable sea


journey to get here today. It's gone along the Humber and 300 miles


down the coast to make it to the Thames. Its skipper is with me now.


What was the journey like? It was beautiful. She is only a little


canal boat, really. We got four days in the weather. That is how


long it took us. You must have wondered whether she was up to the


task? Very much so. We had quite a few critics and people who said we


wouldn't get here. We have done a lot of work on her. She's built


heavy. She is part of Britain's coal mining heritage, isn't she?


She lives in a museum in Goole? That's it. We weren't down the pits,


but my dad, my granddad, they all used these. They brought the coal


down. It went into the ships at Goole and at Hull. We have done it


for the North. And the White Rose of Yorkshire is decked out across


the boat. Also here is your mum. Eileen, this is very much part of


your family, isn't it, this kind of boat? Yes. Most of the tugs were


run by families, fathers, sons, uncles. They all worked on the Tom


Puddings, as it was known as. This boat goes back 50-odd years.


Amazing. To do this is fantastic. I did the Queen's Coronation street


parties. You are soaking up the atmosphere? Absolutely. Amazing, it


is. The cheering crowds on the sides, we can hear all the cheering.


It is just wonderful. Eileen, Chris, I hope we can speak to you later.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. No doubt Chris's dad will be


watching with a lump in his throat. He couldn't just quite get here.


know. Let's look on the river. There are some wonderful shots of


The Belfry. There is Westminster Bridge. They are all heading that


way. There is The Belfry. A bell for each of the senior Royals. The


biggest for the Queen. On board is John Barrowman who is helping them


ring the bells. Those bells being answered as they make their way


along the shore. It is so important to keep that rhythm when you are


ringing the bells. It must be hard, once you are on the water, to keep


it going. They are doing a good job. The crowds are... The man-powered


section, they are keeping up. They have to keep a good pace. They


really have to lead the way here. Four knots they have been told to


row at. That is fast walking pace, I think. Can you imagine being in


that? The spirit that's carrying you along. You may think, "My arms


are a bit tired" but the atmosphere is certainly pushing them along.


There is the Gloriana. Let's go from the Gloriana to Anneka Rice


who is with a party of artists. They are getting ready for the


first sighting of the first boats at the Millennium Bridge. Hello,


again. We are having such a brilliant time here. This bridge is


getting very busy. We are at the Millennium Bridge. We are calling


it the Arts and Crafts Bridge today. I'm here with 20 painters. Come and


tell me what you are up to. going for energy of the event. I'm


trying to translate that with colour. Turner, you love? I do.


is very exciting. They are going to be arriving shortly. You are


painting on a door, which is brilliant. All the artists have


chosen very, very different styles here. What are you doing with the


I am using a door because it symbolises the role that the Queen


has played in the emancipation of women in the UK and in Commonwealth


countries. She has opened many doors, which in previous decades


would not have been possible. is brilliant, I love the way he


uses materials he finds on the riverbank. Gillian, you are working


on an iPad off. I am the oldest on the bridge, and I wanted something


funky to do it on. I'm hoping to catch the Queen as she comes down,


because she does such a wonderful job. We are building up to the big


The Palace of Westminster on the left-hand side, slightly more


modern iconic view of the London Eye on the right hand side there.


As the flotilla heads towards Westminster Bridge, and that is


roughly where the Queen is right Let's just have a look. Those of


you who joined us right at the beginning of the programme would


have heard Huw Edwards described the course down which all of these


boats are going to follow, and that is where the Queen is at the moment.


Past Battersea Power Station. So these people making very steady


progress indeed, and luckily so far Pass so many iconic landmarks that


Little 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 overlook 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 on the London


Eye, and one of them is serving cream teas to all of the people who


are trying to get a much better That is the boat which the Duchess


of Cambridge's parents and brother That, I think, was the swan up


those that we just saw in the picture a moment ago. That is Ben


Fogle running pretty well, still smiling, plenty of energy left. He


Well, back at Chelsea, some of the public service craft just moving


past, moving up towards Cadogan Pier, and they are certainly going


to be one of the features this afternoon, the fire bodes saluting


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Well, 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 some earplugs, because they have been going ever since we saw


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


over the country, as we mentioned at the top of the programme, too.


This certainly is a Canaletto moment, isn't it? So many iconic


buildings flanking this mass of vessels, all powered by the human


arm, shoulder, back and legs. Just looking down the pageant, we then


come to the flags of the Commonwealth, and the Trinity 500s,


they are called, from sea cadets Back to the Royal squadron, 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 their 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 can the Each of the ships, or each of the


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


to. -- sections. They will certainly be earning their money


today, playing music for the way So the working boats and the Fire


boats we saw before now passing Cadogan Pier, recreational motor


boats, leisure boats, too. A lot of Well, this is where we are all


going to end up, as we here one of the salutes to the Queen that have


happened over the last two days. Just outside the Tower of London,


part of a 41 gun salute, followed by a special summit 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 they


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


Big Ben, the bell which strikes the hour, created in the same foundry


that created the bells on the river Yes, thanks very much, you just


join us here at Vauxhall Bridge. We have got the band going past us on


the left-hand side, and crowds behind me at the MI6 building just


waiting to see the historic boats who are just about to come under


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


part of Operation Dynamo when the United Kingdom, the allied forces


were in such desperate need for help, and they are part are a


fantastic society that makes annual trips to Dunkirk. I went on board


as part of the scrutiny during process earlier this week, and they


are all in such fantastic shape. They worked so hard on them, and as


you can see, they are all receiving a warm welcome from the crowds


behind us. If you can see behind me, up into these flats behind me,


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


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


this pageant. As you can see, a few of the little ships making their


way through now, just under Vauxhall Bridge. An update, we did


have one little gentleman in his Venetian gondola was struggling a


little bit, and one of the marshals gave a NATO, so far no worries to


report. Look at the crowd behind me, just all waving away, really


enjoying the whole occasion here. And as we can see, the little ships


just coming through, so I will hand Well, the wind just picking up now,


drops of rain starting to fall, but still so much... Particularly here


on Gloriana, this bird very much inspired by the mind and the money


of Lord Sterling, who is with me now. What did you want to achieve


with Gloriana? I think it says it all today. You look at the crowds,


the people on board, the marvellous bunch of oarsmen that we have. It


says it, and in practice I think we created it as a lasting legacy, and


basically inspired by the great Canalettos and the National


Maritime Museum, if you see what is happening there, see all about it


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


what it is all about through history. I have his say that if we


can have the opportunity of lifting people's interest in the Thames,


and for youngsters to have the opportunity of growing up, then we


will have done something in the years to come. There are so many


young faces are on the boats, the bridges, on the banks of the river,


high-pitched voices screaming out as we come by, and it is just a


wonderful, wonderful feeling, and we are certainly not going to let a


few spots of rain dampened our enthusiasm, not on Gloriana at any


rate, not for the whole of this river pageant. It is a fabulous


Well, it is a fantastic scene here, 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 we can see everything. I have to


say that we will probably see more this evening when we watch it all


on television, but that is a terrific sight, and you have got


all these boats behind, coming up later on. The cheering and the


crowd... We have been cheering pictures are the big screen on the


other side of the bridge, there is any excuse for cheering, like now,


come on! We are all raring to go, all we want to do is cheer, come on,


hurray, hurray, hurray! It is a wonderful atmosphere, and the whole


bridge, you can imagine it, the whole of the bridge from one side


to the other is covered with people, and we are just having a good time,


it is a simple, straightforward, And there are the Commonwealth


lives. I have to say, at the pageant is pretty much spread out.


Princess Eugenie there with her The Duke of York.


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The rest of the Royal Family making I'm standing on a Dutch barge,


which is twice as wide a narrow boat. Am I right? I am learning all


sorts of things from the owner, Caroline. Good afternoon. It is


wonderful to be here. It is amazing. Unbelievable. We are not in the


main bit, but it has been incredible so far. The difference


with this boat, as compared to other boats is, this is your home?


It has been for 13 years. If you take a look inside... Can we do


that? It is luxury. They have sofas, they have everything. Downstairs,


you have even got, if I understand it, an oil-powered stove, a range,


we cannot mention the name and you also have a water bed? Indeed. It


is the only reason we have it... Tell me, why did you choose life on


board? I did not have an option. My husband asked if I would fancy


living on a boat. I had to have my range cooker, my spa bath and


heated towel rail. You could have had that in a semi detached house!


But maybe not a husband. Tell me about Gigi? She is a Dutch dog, a


dog kept on barges, traditionally in Holland as a barge dog. She is


very well behaved. She has taken to the water so well. We are very


pleased with her. We love her to bits. She looks like one of our


microphones, which is fantastic! We will see you later.


The Spirit of Chartwell, with the Palace of Westminster in the


background. When that building first appeared


on the landscape, on the banks of the River Thames, what five


centuries ago, longer than that, Edward The Confesser, who founded


the Palace of Westminster. For a long, long time it became the seat


of power of royal power, until it - it is now identified with


representative Government and Parliament. Almost fading away into


the background... At this point, let me introduce you to a gentleman


who has sat beside me in the commentary box. Tom Cunlif. He


knows everything there is to know about boats, but more importantly


navigation, and because of the twists and turns in the river, are


any of these boats going to have a problem today? What is interesting,


is I am watching the flags and they are blowing across the boats, which


is making it gentle at the moment, but when they turn to the right at


Westminster, they will have it smack on the nose, which means Her


Majesty will get chilly and the man-powered boats will have more of


a struggle than so far. Looking at them, they seem to be managing


The Royal Festival Hall. We have on the top level of the Royal Festival


Hall... Tom I think you can understand that, can't you? I don't


have a clue. I was thinking we have an expert in the room! It is


sending best messages to Her Majesty, the Queen.


It's not just people waving flags, it all means something to those


people who understand it. An invaluable way of communication


between ships. Certainly before the invention of radios, et cetera.


I think that would probably mean Princess Beatrice, with her sister,


part of the Royal Party. Seeing the boats come through the


Thames is fascinating. Shutting the Thames barrier means there is


little current. Some of these boats would otherwise be in danger of


being swept on to the pontoons of the bridges. An effort has been


made to cut the current by manpower, which has made this whole thing


less dramatic than it otherwise would have been.


Certainly, the Thames barrier, which we will not see today is a


masterpiece of engineering. It just makes you wonder, actually,


how they managed when the Thames Barrier was not there to have


pageants on the river, which of course they did a long time ago.


And there were less bridges in those days and the river was wider,


so the currents would have been slower. Today, to put something


like this on would have been hairy. There would certainly have been


some incidents. Now the National Theatre and a very


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


of War Horse, which I understand the Queen is a fan of.


There it is on top. Even the horse saluting.


That moment has taken them nine months to prepare.


We certainly know what a passion I hope the Queen enjoyed that


moment. The horse, the star of the show, if you like is called Joey. I


understand she had a visit from Joey at Windsor a little while ago.


There is Joey. He is making his own little bow to


the Queen and the rest of the guests on the Royal Barge.


They are 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 packed with people. Dunkirk Little Ships just going


They are a great sight, aren't they?


Without them, there would be no British Army.


We are back to hell sea now and the narrow boats.


-- back to Chelsea now and the narrow boats. We had an interview


with a nice lady earlier on, who was saying that she was given a


choice, either a husband or a life on a boat, I just wonder how many


people could conceive of living on a boat. If it is something you are


very passionate about, I guess fantastic. The rain now is


beginning to come down quite heavily. 43 narrow boats all


together and 20 barges. They have come from many parts of the UK.


They carry an impressive contingent of Lord Lieutenants representing


Merseyside, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire and


Staffordshire. Lovely to see the artwork on these


vessels. The two on the back have lovely writing on them and this in


the foreground, signifying how these boats work.


When you consider the sort of network of canals we have got all


over this country, which really created the wealth of many, many


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


commerce of the nation before we had railways and Rhodes.


-- and roads. There we are, she is saying, "yes,


I am at the front, waving." It is great that the narrow boats


are able to do this. If it was windy they could be blown out. The


Thames can get pretty rough. We Meanwhile, back at Westminster, and


all the Watermen delighted with the progress The Spirit of Chartwell is


making. No-one has sat down, no-one has disappeared off that top deck.


Everybody wants to get a fantastic view. Well, the longest, one of the


largest pictures ever created on the side of the sea containers


building. I think it is a picture of the


I hope that was a nice surprise for the Royal Party.


I was down on the water yesterday - and I have 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. The total weight of a couple of tonnes


or there abouts. The largest photograph ever, ever of the Royal


We just had a quick shot there, I am sure we will see it again, of


the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, where of course the Queen will be


visiting on Tuesday. That is one of the iconic sites not just of London


And some of the smallest boats in the whole pageant moving on past


with the flags of the Commonwealth countries. Of course, these


pictures going all over the world, not just to Commonwealth countries


Somewhere ahead of them, HMS Belfast on the right hand side and,


well, we're going to mention this word time and time again, iconic,


and Tower Bridge is about as iconic And approaching us here, the


Gloriana, it is the most spectacular sight as they make


their way appear towards Tower Bridge. There passing HMS Belfast,


and it really is amazing! We have been waiting for some time, and we


have is very expectant crowd just below the studio, and suddenly this


wave of energy approaches, and it is like a floating cathedral. The


sound is just magical. You know, put this in terms of history, this


is the People's pageant now. That was my line, it is the People's


pageant! It is the Queen's pageant, of course, but the people on the


river, people at the sides cheering, the Queen, the pride which she is


going to look out over the river, see everybody waving, look at the


cameras. I have just spotted my seven-year-old dad! He has made it!


It is Canaletto brought to life. All the colours, and it is just so


undemocratic. Of course we have got the cream in the middle. Even the


rain is here now, so British. Adrian Evans, the man who came up


with this, three years in the making, he wanted it to be even


longer. He wanted it to start at Hampton Court Palace, it was slim


down a little bit but not that much. The vision has been totally


fulfilled. Look at all the cheering crowds, it doesn't get much better


than this. This is what the Queen's reign has been building towards.


This must be one of the biggest things she has witnessed.


Absolutely, and of course there must be a sense of trepidation,


what is it going to be like, how will people react? We have got the


diaries of Queen Victoria after her Diamond Jubilee which have just


gone online, and she talks about nobody having such an ovation, the


pure joy in people's faces. She has not sat down, we have been watching


her standing, 86 years old, she looks like she's having a wonderful


time. They are genuinely engaged and enjoying it. She is not going


through the motions, she is loving it. She is pointing, did you see


that?! And it has got historical precedents. Anne Boleyn had a fire-


breathing mechanical dragon on her bhaji -- barge. As they reached


Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast... tyred rowers and heir. This is


almost the finished point, the end is in sight for them. An amazing


job that they have done, and the Royal Barge will be inside shortly.


There it is, the Manpower Section coming past HMS Belfast. Our wonder


if Clare Balding has had a go yet. You have to remember that those


rowers have been at there since 10 o'clock this morning. I know it


sounds silly to say this, but toilet breaks and stuff like that.


It is a big consideration, what would you do? I do not think we


would go to that one! Then maybe some indiscreet moments. You will


Making very good progress indeed as the barge, bells still ringing


underneath Tower Bridge, and eventually the royal party will be


tying up at HMS President, which we just saw on the right hand side of


the screen mayor, which is home to the London Division of the Royal


Navy Reserve's and has been since Well, I think we can see the Belfry


has just passed under Tower Bridge. Let me take you to meet someone


really special, this is the bridge control room, and I'm going to


introduce you to someone has an incredible job today, Tower Bridge


Master Eric Sutherns. You are going to be raising the bridge and the


bascules to let the flotilla through. In about four minutes.


roared going to be raising the bridge in Royal salute. Slightly


higher than normal? It is a full lift for the Royal salute. Most


ships do not need that, but we actually lift the bascules to suit


the size of the vessel, but the Queen gets the full lift. You do


not seem nervous at all? You are going to be releasing the bolts,


the counterweights lifting the bascules. We are already unlocked,


ready to go. Is that the leave their you are going to be pulling?


And then the bascules will raise. You have done this many times


before, are you feeling a little bit nervous? No, it is an exciting


day, everybody is having lots of fun. It just makes it more special.


So nothing can go wrong? Keeping our fingers crossed. Can anything


go wrong? Anything can go wrong, we're working with machinery, but


it is very reliable, hopefully everything will go find in a couple


of minutes' time. I am going to get out of your way and let you get on


Well, those bascules will be moving Of course, all of those craft


totally and utterly dwarfed by HMS It was commissioned in 1938, 91,000


tonnes, the largest cruiser in the So not too much wind, Tom,


everything looking pretty good so far. No, it has really worked out


for the best. I cannot believe how lucky we have been, because the


weather forecast looked extremely dodgy, nobody could have predicted


what was going to happen with the weather over London, but isn't it


great to see all of these boats Road by these strong people? They


could have accrued HMS Belfast in World War II, they would have been


signed up, and here they are celebrating the Queen instead.


might have taken quite a few walls to shift 91,000 tonnes! We just saw


the Shard in the background, the tallest building in Western Europe,


just beginning to take shape. It is supposed to be completed this


summer, when summer eventually comes to our country! Certainly it


is going to have a fabulous view from the top of that. The pictures


we are getting, the overhead view of the boats, shows the diversity


of the boats and how hard they have had to work to stay together. Some


of the boats are slow and some are seriously fast, and yet they have


done it, all of them, these different vessels. There are some


magnificent craft there, a huge variation of boats, 2. Yeah, that


is the wonder of it, really, to me. Some of them can really fly, and


some of the rowing boats, we have got a replica of the original Boat


Race boat that could actually fly over the course. They will be


struggling to keep it down to four knots. That Cornish gig can do


Well, in salute to the Queen, the drawbridges, the bascules as we now


know they are caught, will be raised to their full extent in


honour of the chief guest on the Of course, these craft have already


been passed Tower Bridge, and we heard a lot earlier on about the


master, in other words the bringing together of all the craft ready to


take part in the pageant. What happens to them afterwards? Well,


they despairs into their various places, and the Organisation for


that has been fantastic. -- disperse. There is not going to be


chaos, the whole thing has been planned to a tee, but it was nice


seeing those Venetian gondoliers, wasn't it? They will be pretty


Well, Tower Bridge has always been best known for its impressive, very


impressive central drawbridge, despite the fact that it has a bit


of a medieval appearance, the drawbridge was built to be operated


by the most advanced technology available in the 19th century, and


The flags of the Commonwealth once more, still flying proudly on top


of those Trinity 500s, doffing their caps as they pass the Royal


Barge, there we are, some of the guests just sheltering from the


Of course, the weather is the one thing that nobody has got any


control of at all. Being head of state in 16th of the 54


Commonwealth member countries, all of them now fully independent,


apart from the UK, she is represented by a Governor-General.


I promise you that those bascules will lift! In just a couple of


1,200 tonnes, each arm, if you like, each drawbridge section of the


Tower Bridge. They can be raised to their fullest extent, 80 degrees,


And the dispersal now begins, a lot more boats to come through Tower


Bridge obviously, and they will all be watched eventually by the Queen


when she leaves the Royal Barge. But the weather really has


deteriorated. The rain is coming down now, but mercifully it does


not seem to have produced a lot of breeze to go with it. We have seen


one or two smaller boats been taking in tow, which was all part


of the plan. It is great to see what good spirits people are in,


even when they are being towed. There is no sense of humiliation


because there has been no failure, this has been tough. If there had


been any more breeze, they would have had to scratch the events for


the rowing boats, so huge credit to them, even the ones that have ended


up and their tow. I am sure that some of the active role as... One


of the many music sections, I'm sure they would have appreciated


the tough challenge that lay ahead and will be very satisfied with


what they have achieved so far. Most of these boats are not racing


skips. Some of them are actually working boats that were built to


carry stuff, so they are really heavy. There is a Yorkshire cobbler,


that is very heavy, I can tell you that personally. One from the


rivers of western England was built to carry a heavy load of cargo.


just saw a brief glance there of Handel's Water Music been played by


the Academy of Ancient be sick on board the Edwardian, quite


appropriate, really, under the We have glanced a new home of


London Government - City Hall on the south side of the River Thames.


The home for Boris Johnson for a further term. He's on the river too,


somewhere. A gentleman who received the


Victoria Cross. I have seen him on television some times. What an


achievement, at some cost. A VC holder.


And the pageant is simply full of On board this ship, 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


fanfare a little while ago too. And right at the back end of the


parade, we'll be finishing off with some very special music, delivered


by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


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So, 30 musicians from the Band of 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 Veterans and Sea Cadets on board


We got off to a bit of a false start, but they are about to be


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An extraordinary machine, lifting Once again the Royal Marines


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Now, Jim, how was that to cheer the Queen and have her acknowledge HMS


Belfast? It was wonderful I is something I thought I would never


see. It is something I'll always remember. You joined the Navy when


you were 15 and you told me some amazing stories, one when aor peddo


hit your ship. You were -- when a torpedo hit your ship. You had to


cling on to a dead shark - was that enough to put you off diving?


from 16-and-a-half until I was 85. I enjoyed every minute of it.


lovely speaking to you, Jim. We will chat you to more later. John,


hello, John. You are a little wet there, aren't you? This ship is


obviously 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?


time she was 14,500 tonne. Since then the weight has been reduced on


the ship. That is why it's at 10,000. Many time when we were in


the heavy seas with the Russian convoys, we were picked up... Just


imagine, you see these highest buildings and there were rollers


coming in on you. You would they, oh, she'll never get through that.


But the old girl did. She just picked up like a toy and you knew


that because you could hear the propellers of the ship. Then she


just got through. She went at all the storms. I think this ships


11,500 tonnes. It is a weighty ship. Have you enjoyed your day here


today? Fabulous. I must reiterate my colleague here, never in my


wildest dreams did I think I would see such a pageant as that. We've


got a diamond pageant and a diamond as a Queen. We certainly have, John.


Enjoy the rest of your day today. The Spirit of Chartwell has to make


a tight turn now to bring it up alongside HMS President, sometimes


described as the stone frigate. It is a naval store establishment at


As you have probably seen it is getting a little bit wet. If it


were not wet enough, we have all the working ships coming through, a


fire boat there, spraying the crowd, having a great time. You probably


noticed that it has all slowed down a little bit. We have a backlog


coming through Waterloo Bridge here. Some of the rowers are getting off


the water. Still a great atmosphere. Sock at them there, in the Pride of


London. Can sue see them in the kitchen. They may be making


sandwiches, but they are getting a good view. The national theatre,


over in the background, they are still enjoying it. They are getting,


I have to say, a little bit tired as they come through under the


bridge. The marshals are telling them to slow down, be a little


careful. A few are managing to blow their horn loudly. They have to be


very, very careful through here. It narrows down. But I don't think


they are worrying about going too slowly through here. They are


having a great time and enjoying That is part of the reason


everybody is laying up a wee bit, as The Spirit of Chartwell


manoeuvres, as she did so beautifully when she joined from


Chelsea Pier a little while ago. And the Avenue of Sail, in the


background there, these were ships which could not come through Tower


Bridge. They have very high masts on. The Avenue of Sail awaits all


of the ships as they head towards their dispersal points. Meanwhile,


the Royal Barge is just negotiating the river at the moment. A


beautiful shot there. How difficult will it be for them to go to the


side of HMS President, Tom? I am watching this manoeuvre and it is


remarkable. This is a very well chosen vessel. What he's doing


appears to be defying gravity. It is very impressive. The whole boat


is going side ways. I think we better send you down there in a


hurry and you better ask him. There is a great feat of


engineering and seamanship as well to steer something that big in a


relatively short space, in a relatively confined area, shall we


say? That is why they are ship's captains and I am not. The vessel


has been very well chosen. Certainly the Master is handling it


beautifully. You would expect nothing else in the circumstance s.


You would not want to crash with such a precious cargo? It is


something you would want to avoid for all your life. He has those big


balls hanging down the side. They are the crunchers. The way


this chap handles the boat I think you would be able to put an egg


down there. Her Majesty won't even notice she has come alongside. Nice


So, salutes to the Queen and to The Spirit of Chartwell.


She gets ready to deliver her cargo to HMS President in just a while


while. Albert Bridge is pretty much where


we started. It was the first bridge that all of the pageant had to


contend with. A Port of London Authority diver - I suppose that's


the equivalent of the clear-up van, as they call it at the end of the


London Marathon. Maybe he's part of So HMS President completing to the


That breeze has dropped right away now. It's such a critical thing the


wind on the water. We think these chaps manoeuvre their boats and


there's nothing in it, but he will be very glad it's not blowing hard.


You can see the flags are hanging limpy. He's moving in side ways.


You cannot do that normally with a Just at the side of Tower Bridge


there, another part of the Royal Squadron. A very clever bit of


manoeuvrability that the Spirit of Chartwell has undertaken there,


absolutely perfect so far. I hope I have not put the kiss of death and


it now! But such precision. It is a pleasure to watch, isn't it? And


that some of the other people in the flotilla would be pleased if


they could handle their boats like that. I cannot even park my car as


neatly as that? And boats work in a medium that is moving around all


the time. If they stop, they tend to blow about. There will be a


little bit of current moving past, and if you look at the Pontin's,


there is some movement on the water, a little bit of a sea running. --


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 AP double boat. Shame, such a shame that the


weather has taken a turn for the worse. -- of a beautiful boat. It


has probably put a dampener on some of the things going on, but not all,


certainly. No, sailors are used to Pouring with rain here at Tower


Bridge, absolutely pouring, but it is not dampening the spirits. The


people here waving as the boats go by, an amazing procession of


vessels going past. It is the characters on board, not just the


boats which make up the flotilla. They are a likely bunch.


detoxes Vic is a little bit further back from Tower Bridge, but she is


going to tell us plenty more. -- Sandi Toksvig. Hello and welcome of


all these air fare in the heart of the Historic Ships section, an


international occasion, I am delighted to be representing


Denmark. The Danes swept up the Thames many times in their Viking


longships ready to pillage the place, a jolly long time ago, it


would be a good time to say an sorry about that. We have come in


from the rain. Every single boat has been waterproofed, that is the


kind of forethought and planning that has gone into this pageant. It


is a place for glamorous guests on this boat, but instead I have got


Griff Rhys Jones, Maureen Lipman and Omid Djalili. How are you


doing? We have kept our station all weighed down, which has been


marvellous. We have been in a gigantic convoy. You came here from


on TV. It was windless and sunny. We have got sunshine in our hearts.


Always, I come from Hull, we never forget the sun! Are you having a


good time? You really have to be here to feel the excitement. If


people do not feel it, go and jump into a bat, get some flags and


waving furiously, get the excitement that we are feeling.


are actually watching it on the television, which is really good.


It is an international event, it is going around the world, although we


are hearing that in Greece it is pay-per-view, not many people are


watching. I get it! What do you reckon to these historic boats?


This is the nicest one, because it has got a roof. We have discovered


that as historic boats go, it is quite a handy one, because you can


go below and see the world passing by. It has got rock and roll


pedigree, because it belonged to Pete Townshend. Pinball, that is


the answer! That is the way forward. And it rocks. It has not dampened


anyone's spirits. We have all been laughing, cracking the most


wonderful jokes, you should have been here! We have been having fun.


I think my, it was very funny, if I may say. You had to be here. This


is the BBC, but on Channel 4 there is an alternative version of this


flotilla given by the Iranian President from the London Dungeon,


in the torture chamber giving his address. And Michael Portillo.


boat, the Zephyr, the harbinger of spring, the Greek god of the


Western wind, I like that idea. What do we do? Is the intention


that when we get to the Royal Barge, we come around, pass through the


entirety of London, all the bridges, and then the Queen will be on the


barge. Will she be below decks having their tea? We will be filing


by? I am not entirely sure what will happen, but we are all


swimming back. The advice on David Walliams, do not swallow. See you


And there is the Queen, still on board the royal barge, shortly


about to watch these wonderful boats as they keep coming past, and


they do keep coming. We are just reaching the historic section now,


they are coming past us here at Tower Bridge, and there are many,


many, many more boats to come behind them. The ideal weather for


watercolours, but Anneka Rice is are on the Millennium Bridge, let's


Sea and the paintings are going! Hello again. Yes, this is the


Millennium Bridge, the Arts and Crafts Bridge today, because I have


been here with 20 painters recording this glorious celebration


of the pageant. It has not just been about celebration, it has been


about the extraordinary British spirit. It is cold here, it is very


wet, Turner would be proud of us. My new job is just sort of


sheltering Haley as she tries to finish. How has it gone? It is


going well, it would be easier without the rain, but we soldier on.


You always say that you enjoy the Impressionist style of painting


outside, but this is taking it to park, do you think? I prefer snow


to rein, but I'm used to being out in all weathers. It is amazing,


because there are 20 artists, all under umbrellas, or feeling very


soggy, but the work that is being produced is just fantastic. I do


not know whether we can move down. How are you doing there? I have not


done so well with the Reina. no! I am loving that. It could look


quite interesting if we take it out, maybe we could do that. I think we


are British, it is a man's day, it is raining, the painting has


suddenly become very impressionistic indeed! It is the


acrylics, and usually a dry incredibly quickly, but because of


the rain... I love it, that is so Monet, isn't it? Every single


painting that he ever painted had some sort of fog effect of sunlight


through the fog, and I think he would be proud. A little bit of


remedial work when I get back, I can rescue it! Have you got


something? Hello! How was it for you? Fantastic, fantastic day. I


have had to put mine away because of the rain. Very quickly, try to


get it out. They have had to pack up because it is so wet. Oh, my


goodness. Art it comes, here it comes. Oh, my goodness, are you


pleased? I am very pleased with it, I will take it away and finish it


off. Amazing stuff. We have had the most hilarious wet, glorious,


fantastic celebration today. Very soggy about there. I'm


starting to feel guilty that we are the only dry people in London right


now. Look, one person who can tell us all about the weather, I do not


know, she might be feeling a little bit responsible for it, John


Sergeant is without. Right, thanks a very much. Well, I admitted, it


is raining pretty badly here, but we have had a very good time and


time with an expert, Carol Kirkwood, what did you think? We were all


right for most of it? The forecast was spot on today, we had a lovely


period, but now the rain has come down and the wind has picked up as


well. It is rather chilly, but it could have been a lot worse,


couldn't it? This is one of these weather fronts coming from the


Atlantic, we couldn't have started. And no, much as we would have liked


to. It would have been fantastic if we had the weather that we did last


week, but it didn't dampen any spirits. No, and the Queen has to


turn up and put up with the weather, and she looked very protective. I


noticed on the barge, no question of her getting wet. A very wise


lady, she was well covered up. was at Greenwich when she came to


reopen the Cutty Sark last month, and it absolutely poured. In terms


of the good and bad on royal occasions, I put that the lowest, I


would give that zero, or if you How do you rate previous riot


occasions? The previous Jubilee was sunny, dry, 26 degrees, lovely and


warm. The Silver Jubilee was sunshine and showers, and it was a


lot cooler, about 14.7 degrees. Bronze medal for today. It is


actually quite similar to her own coronation day, wasn't it? I of


course remember that, you might remember, too! Far too young, and I


am telling the truth! That was June 2nd, 1953, what was the weather


like then? It was cloudy, a little bit of drizzle, quite a brisk


north-easterly wind as well, and it was cold, only 11.7 degrees. The


average at this time of year should be about 18 degrees, so it was well


below. OK, well, anyway, we have had thank you.


We can look behind us now and waved to Fearne Cotton, who was on HMS


Belfast through the rain. Can you see us? Yes! 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 got the Fisherman's


Friends, hello, chaps. These are sea shanty singers from Port Isaac


in Cornwall. I imagine a few of you are fishermen. And friends as well.


The four guys on the end of fishermen, and we are friends today,


rather soggy. Have you had a lovely day? She turned and looked at us


just as she went past and gave us a little wave, fantastic, what a day.


How long have you been singing together? Nearly 20 years, but you


cannot tell that from the way we do it! You have been keeping spirits


up, all the veterans have been loving watching using, so would you


like to give us a glass now? # We are bound to South Australia.


# Heave away, all away. # We are bound for South Australia.


# Heave away, all away. What they sound! It is so British,


nothing is dampening their spirits. That is the whole spirit of this


flotilla, the music, wonderful. Pouring with rain! I am just


surprised that Paul Dickenson hasn't joined in with the old sea


Well, you have both obviously never Fabulous stuff, the weather


certainly has deteriorated, and in preparation for today, as you can


imagine, a huge amount of research has had to be undertaken, really,


to make sure that we put a correct perspective on everything that is


going on. 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 her reign, even back in 1953, the very first ascent


of Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, his famous


1963 the death of President John FKennedyT first supersonic airliner,


Concorde, making its maiden flight in 1969 and in the same year Neil


skp armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the moon. The


Queen has presided over many sporting events. 1966, a red letter


day, when England beat Germany. I am saying this when England embark


on their campaign to win the European Championship, we wish all


of them luck. And of course her daughter and granddaughter indeed,


great horse women during their lives. Becoming European three-day


event champions and Princess Anne has maintained her association with


sport with the Olympic association. If it has not been already, it will


be a very, very busy year for her indeed, with London 2012. How many


days away? Less than 60. It is around 53-54


days left before the opening There are many boats to come past.


HMS President, that is where the Queen will be for a little while


yet with her guests and the rest of the Royal Family. We are still


waiting for a number of the sections and their bands, the music


barges. We have already seen the Dunkirk


Little Ships and the manpowered and pedal boats. We still have the fire


boats, leisure vessels, narrow boats and larges. The passenger


boats and Thames clippers. And of course the very last pageant


float, which will be the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


That is what everybody needs - a Out there somewhere is the Shree


Muktajeevan pipe band. I hope their bagpipes are not too soggy,


otherwise they will be hard to play. There are still great sights on the


river. These are historic vessels. Probably part of the national


historic fleet. The nice thing is, when it is raining this hard, and


it has gone through your oil skins and is dripping down your neck, at


Just to the left is HMS Belfast, as another section begins to make its


way through Tower Bridge. We think it's the service, steam and working


vessels. We are waiting for leisure vessels,


narrow boats and barges and Thames A great collection of lifeboats


going through here. It is fantastic to see them. Here's a steam vessel.


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is part of British life,


Since we started, the Duke of Edinburgh has only had one


expression on his face and that is a big, broad smile. Lovely to see.


The RNLI, the charity which saves lives at sea - and still provides


an on-call 24/7 lifeboat service around the coast.


A staggering 95% of all the personnel involved on board ships


are on board boats, should I say, are all volunteers.


Wonderful institution. They have saved 60,000 lives during our


All the way along this flotilla we've seen a wonderful conversation


between the Queen and all the people on the Bankside. There is a


constant echoing going around. Amazing! Indeed. We have seen all


sorts of personnel, as the public went up, to the war horse -- War


Horse. You had an interesting conversation with the Queen. She


ended up at your wedding. How did that happen? Basically we got told


after a few weeks of actually booking the wedding there would be


an important person coming. Now, at that time I thought it might be


Alex Ferguson. I got very excited. I didn't find out it was the Queen


and the Duke of Edinburgh. So I decided to write a letter to say,


congratulations on the jubilee and actually invited them to our weding


if they had a couple of minutes spare.


So I thought, if you don't ask, you don't get. I got a lovely letter


back and on the day, it was a great surprise to us that she actually


asked to meet us both. What was she like? Very few people actually get


to meet her, let alone have her at their wedding. She was very grey


shous -- gracious, very kind. long did she stay for? Five minutes.


We have a video. One of our friends has got a video.


We have lovely photos from the Town Hall itself. People always talk


about her sense of humour and the twinkle in her eye. She looks like


she's enjoying this afternoon. first meet her it was such an


honour. When you see her today, she's one happy lady. She is


extraordinary, when you think how old she is, she is 86 years old,


out here in the pouring rain. Fantastic! The boats keep coming.


The historic section finally passing us. The rain keeps coming,


Another fire boat there, just paying tribute to the Queen.


I don't suppose Tower Bridge has been up this long for many, many


years. As the boats go underneath the


raised draw bridge of Tower Bridge, the first ship they see, sailing


ship is the Great Tenacious, which we will see later on.


Goodness, the Shard. We did see it before - it was quite clear. It


gives you an indication as to the deterioration of the weather. I


guess when you are the tallest building in Western Europe that is


one of the down sides, isn't it? There's an interesting craft.


That's the only hovercraft in the whole pageant. She is supposed to


be at the end. It looks like she's under tow. There's the Cornish


lugger, flying the biggest flag of the lot - the flag of Cornwall. She


has a special mast. Right now, she's got it lowered. She's flying


Well, I have to say I am sure this is a day that many people will


never forget. Not least the parents of the babies who have been born


today at a hospital looking right out on to the River Thames. They


certainly will have a claim to fame - jubilee babies. Any more new


arrivals? We love a claim to fame. We've had some additions. We've had


Rachel arrive, Ahmed and Santiago. He is here with his family as well


as his brother, who was born at St Thomas'. You look raidant.


Congratulations. He's so cute, look at him! A


fantastic day, you have just seen the Queen? Having my son is a great


event. Having the boats go by is great. I gave birth five months ago,


I have only eaten cake since I have given birth. We want to give you a


jubilee bib. Congratulations.


Over here we have Lynn, who is director of midwifery here at St


Thomas'. You have a great job, haven't you? A busy job, the


busyest maternity unit in London. We have 245 midwives working here.


Is there a time of year you see more babies pop out than others?


have some months, some weeks busier than others. We have seen a bit of


a rise nine months after the Royal Wedding. So, wondering if early


March next year, we might see another peak after today. I will


bare that in mind for this weekend. What is happening with the new


arrivals? We had 24 babies born yesterday. We've had ten so far


today. One born since our last broadcast. Excellent! So lots of


babies. Hopefully we'll meet more babies later.


There's the scene right back at Westminster, St Thomas, -- thom


masses. These are behind the -- Thomass. These are the ones behind


the London philharmonic. It will come to an extraordinary


close. These are the pleasure boats coming


through to Tower Bridge, making their way slowly up the River


Thames. Even though the Royal Barge has passed where we are, there are


plenty of people on the banks of the river, under their umbrellas,


but waving away to this extraordinary sight of these


vessels - 1,000 vessels. Still the crowds are not tiring,


they are waving. They are there And there, still on board, still


standing, Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles with her, the Duke


of Edinburgh, waving to all the vessels as they pass by. A big


moment for every single boat, every single vessel which has taken part.


The manpowered section has taken months and months of training -


this has been three years in the making. She has not sat down there.


She is still there, happy enough, And a little while longer as the


final stages of this pageant make Some of the historic vessels here


A parade site, what a sight of the River Thames! Well, are slightly


drier terrain, but I'm not sure, we can go over to Tess Daly in


Battersea Park. How are you getting Hello! Name? Tess Daly. I believe I


am mighty New for services to working in the rain. That is right,


yes! Congratulations, may I done the game tears for services to


working in the rain? Congratulations! Can I get you a


copy? A hot-water bottle and a blanket. How long have you been


working in the rain? Just about an hour. You certainly deserve this,


try not to fall over when you walk backwards. Bruce, if you are


watching, I have a game of sorts now! The Battersea Park festival


has been talked into a veritable cake, a feast for cake lovers like


myself. There is a competition going on to build the world's


tallest cakes, carp cakes, candy floss, chocolate cakes, it looks


divine. If you like cakes, you need to talk to the Women's Institute.


Can I borrow your umbrella? I believe you have been selling 1,000


today. Hundreds of cakes, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, chocolate


fudge cake, all sorts, we are selling them, but they sold out in


a few hours. We've decorated some of the Diamond Jubilee theme.


are going to find the cake! We need cake! Everybody is sheltering from


the rain, as you can see, in the marquee. Trying to stay dry. If


there is any cake left, we want it! Look at the Royal Corky! Hello,


ladies of the WI, keeping dry, we are rather envious! That is our


portrait of the Queen. Lovely, I am very impressed. She is a member of


the Sandringham branch of the WI since 1943. She joined as a girl


died at the age of 17, did she? It would be rude to leave without


having a little piece. Thank you very much. Did you save that for


me? We will see you later! Hopefully the rain might stop.


That is definitely the WI version of keeping dry, stay in the tent


and eat cake. At least they are enjoying themselves and keeping dry.


Back out on the Thames, the shots are just so amazing, more boats


coming up, a music barge passing us as we speak. The sound has been


just echoing across the river banks of the Thames. And what an honour


for them all to be passing beneath Tower Bridge. Sian Williams is


there somewhere. Where she standing now the bridge has gone up? She is


getting ready, she is with the Horrible Histories team. They


promised us a little bit of history. Interesting to think that in a few


hundred years time, there will be a reconstruction of this. Coming up


the Thames, these are the narrowboats. There are about 40 or


so narrowboats, and 20 barges behind them. They have come from


all over Britain, all down the inland waterways, making their way


down here to take part today. Somewhere amongst that lot is Alex


Jones, who was patiently waiting. Trust her to pick a vessel that is


called Hollywood, I think she's doing a bit of cooking. She told me


she would be, let's find out what she has got on the menu. Well,


eventually! Hello! Yes, welcome to the Hollywood, not quite as


glamorous as it sounds, but we do have a red carpet and some palm


trees. We are not going to let the rain get us down, are we? No, we


are not. We have the three main ingredients of any party, food,


conversation and a great crowd. Our first guest on the red carpet is


celebrity chef Angela Hartnett. She is going to be making some classic


British dishes. How are you? Fabulous! You are looking so


glamorous. I will be with you shortly. The second guest is author


and travel guide extraordinary Christopher Whitley. Just to prove


you know your stuff, what bridge is this? This is Waterloo Bridge.


course it is! You have got a vast knowledge of the Thames, and we


will be putting it to the Thames, but you and Angela Mengele for a


second. It is not raining at all, we are not put off at all! What we


are doing is a take on classic afternoon tea. I have done my


version of chicken coronation salad. Smoked almonds, hazelnuts, loads of


Well, apologies for that, we seem to have lost the sound to the


Hollywood, very wet at there, so a few problems with communications.


Let's take another look at the Royal Barge, because it is such a


wonderful sight. Waving to those And there you go, you can see the


rest of the pageant still making its way slowly up the River Thames.


It really does give you an idea of just how enormous it has been. Huge,


five miles, but they have been even further than that. Paul was talking


about what will happen once they go through Tower Bridge and sort


themselves out, but do you know, to get this many boats off the water,


we heard about Bill boats coming from Yorkshire, you know. -- tug.


The Queen is looking resplendent today. We have with us Paula Reed


from grassy a magazine. Style director! An expert on all these


things. She does look amazing, doesn't she? She does, and the only


concession to the weather is a bit of a cosy rap, and that has only


come on in the last hour or so. does look like the jewel in the


crown of this whole thing. White was a great choice. Absolutely,


because I am sure that she did not know the weather would be this


great, but she stands out amongst the red and gold. And then all the


little crystals, she is sparkling. We have got to ask about the


Duchess of Cambridge. A lot of red around today. Perhaps it is the


obvious choice, but the Duchess of Cambridge has taken a leaf out of


the Queen's book and realised how a bit of slimline tailoring is the


best way to keep yourself looking sharp and cool in a situation like


this, where the weather can throw anything at you. Did you have any


idea what the Queen would be wearing? Way had a bit of an


inkling about what the Queen would be wearing, but nothing from Kate,


so I was watching Twitter all afternoon to make sure I was up to


date. Interesting that she did not go for anything weather proof at


all. She looks fantastic in red. And a tartan scarf. That is their


concession to the weather. The Queen famously hates age,


apparently, so at the Derby yesterday we had set up a Tote to


find out what colour she was wearing. Ivory and white were the


favourites. The Duchess of Cornwall looking rather glamorous today.


in cream, with a Philip Treacy hat, her favourite milliner. And the


Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Sylvia Fletcher, Locke and company


are one of the oldest milliners in the country, they made hats for


Nelson at the Battle of Waterloo. Military and ladies milliners,


wearing it with the Queen, one of our most modern designers. --


McQueen. The Queen has been a real trend setter over the years.


has, and while we were doing research for this, we did not


realise how many knots to fashion she had made. In a way, hairstyle


stands alone, it moves forward independently of fashion,


regardless of how trends come and go. She is always constant in the


middle of it. She is an icon, historic. I cannot tell you how


many designers she is inspiring at the moment. Catt works are taking


their lead from her all the time, Dolce and Gabbana dedicated an


entire collection to are not so many years ago. We can catch up


with Sian Williams at Stourbridge with horrible histories now. --


Tower Bridge. The River Thames RC lots of changes over the past


centuries, and we could not possibly putt at all into two


minutes or so, could we? We have with as the hit sketch show


horrible histories, and we have a Ten's report. Thank you very much,


lovely weather for it! This is the River Thames, which started life


flowing into another river that is now in Germany. It is slightly


confusing. Up until the last Ice Age, Europe was a giant land mass,


and water from the Thames flowed into the river Rhine. They made the


cut my water turning into rind joke, which is a shame. At the end of the


Ice Age, the Thames started to attract a bit of attention. There


is evidence of settlement as far back as Iron Age man, a common book


series that never took off. The Romans put London on the mark --


map, naming it Londinium and building the first London Bridge,


which Kubica probably burned down. So another one came down as London


became the capital of Roman rule Britannia and other Romans stop


ruling Britannia, the Saxons abandoned London and build their


own version a mile outside the city. But not for long, because the


Vikings attacked and the Saxons moved back inside the Roman city


walls, and for good reason, because the Vikings do not hang around.


They come over, Paul down the support of the bridge and in a


moment London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling Down,


inspiring a nursery rhyme which I can never remember. But another


bridge is built, the world-famous London Bridge, the only bridge in


the city until the 1700s. It saw the Golden Jubilee for Edward the


Third, the first River Bourne coronation for Richard the Third,


and of course Henry VIII's funeral procession. It got a bit messy when


supporters exploded and were eaten by dogs. I think he went to the


dogs at some point in his 30s. It is not just the royals who are


using the river, by Stuart times it has become one of the world's


busiest stocks. There are so many boats that they have traffic jams


on the water. Really? When it gets cold, the river would freeze


completely. You could drive karts up and down at four months at a


time and they even put a funfair on it. In Georgian times they used


boats inside Westminster Hall when it flooded. Not all of that water


was water if you know what I mean. Yes, with the population booming,


sewage became a major problem. In 1858, there was so much botty grot


in the Thames that the Houses of Parliament themselves was overcome


by the stench. When people started dropping like dodos from the


disease in the doo-doo, Joseph Bazalgette invested a new drainage


system which choke the pea out of London. Yes, this incredible system


transformed the banks of the Thames, naming new embankment after


Victoria and Albert. Why say it with flowers when you can pronounce


it with Pooh pipes? It is so romantic, isn't it? And the Thames


remains this wonderful thing to this day because of those buried


doo-doo ducts which are still doing the business, which is why it is


now full of ships instead of... Anyway, that is the history of the


Thames in a soggy nutshell, a very happy Jubilee to you, ma'am, and it


is that you, Sian! It is close enough! Sunday or news will be like


that. More from the horrible histories team a little bit later.


It has not dampened enthusiasm, this driving rain. Thank you very


much, lots of smiles, see you a Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic,


how did they do that so quickly? think we should go over some of


those key points. A little bit slower! I am out of a job now.


Great stink he mentioned, you forget the history of the Thames,


what it used to be like. Yes, if we had smelly vision, everyone would


be burying their heads in handkerchiefs, which is what the


MPs had to do back in 1858, because the Thames was basically a


silhouette for a lot of history. It was where all the cesspits would


flow into the Thames. The smells were absolutely horrendous. People


were tipping their sheets in chlorine. The MPs tried dipping the


curtains into lime and chloride to hang them at the windows to get rid


of the stench. But they can procrastinate sometimes, but the


things did get them moving his smells! When the smell came in the


heat of the summer in 1858, Disraeli, the Chancellor, went into


the library at Parliament and just had to run out with a handkerchief,


it was awful, so they decided that action had to be taken, and the


And that is when the Thames - because it was twice as wide as


this and swallower as well. Then the enbankments came in with the


sewer system, so the Thames completely, as you said, got


narrower. We have this much narrower spectacle than we would


have in the 1700s. During the winter time this place was just


magical. Think of the Frost Fairs. Some of the best stories in the


world. Imagine the Thames frozen over, so everybody could get on the


Thames, buy things. Shops were set up, bars, skating, rides, even,


even, in the last frost fair in 1814, would you believe this an


elephant crossed the Thames. Never! It was really that thick. Shops


were set up as if it was normal thoroughfares. People would have


certificates saying "I was on the Thames when it was frozen." It does


not freeze any more. No ice. Let's go back to Paul, who will tell us


what is happening on the river. We will see the finale of all of this


quite soon, when the London Philharmonic Orchestra arrives at


Tower Bridge - the big final barge. That is what we're waiting for out


here. It is tempting not to wave at all these wonderful barges. They


are coming up, slowly, but surely. When they get here that is when you


Thank you very much. We all enjoyed watching Horrible Histories here in


our commentary position. Jolly good fun, it was. We have narrow boats


and barges. We have 43 narrow boats, 40 barges out there. Some of these


are special. Narrow boats are remarkable things. It is easy to


imagine, how do you make a narrow boat. In the olden days, long and


saw them off to length. It is not like that at all. Look at that bow,


look at that closely, the artwork and the careful way it is swept up


at the front. That is just so beautiful. That is what it was all


about, the 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 stuff up there, people enjoy them. These are


for the fields and by-ways, but they carried the commerce of the


land for centuries. They are going past, or underneath


Tower Bridge and past the Royal Family in HMS President. Very soon


we shall see the first of the up- river passenger boats and the


clippers. That one has come from Merseyside,


by the look of it. It is a lovely vessel. It looks like a working


vessel. You can tell the working ones. They've got a rough look


about them. There's guts there. The one in the background there,


the one with the steam engine is certainly a working vessel.


The whole of her hull is clothed in black canvass to keep the cargo dry.


These are the first of the barges coming along. Many of these would


have been working barges in their day. People take them over and they


live on them. I have to confess, unlike Tom, I am


not an expert. I will tell you the Elizabeth we saw a few moments ago


may look like a classical Belgium spit, but she is British through


and through and the hull was constructed in 2004 and abandoned


near Nottingham and bought by her owners in 2010, who have now made


her sea worthy. She sailed down these coasts to the Thames, where


they are now in the final stages of her renovation. They look good to


The Neeltje, that is a classic Dutchman. If she has not been


working, she looks like one. She has that lovely Dutch curve. The


And the duch are -- Dutch are famous for their canal system too.


Ours are well looked after, aren't they. There is a authority which do


a fantastic job. They do pretty well, but the Dutch are still


commercial, of course. They are maintained to a very, very high


standard indeed. When you go down a Dutch one in your boat you know how


deep it will be. It tells you on the chart and that is how deep. If


it says two metres and you draw 1.9, you will be all right. Not quite


like that here. The culture on the canals is very strong. There are


some wonderful characters. always terrifys me watching one of


these vessels and, you know, they have to go around some tight bends,


especially ones in city centres. You have this system in Birmingham


and Manchester, of course. There are some tight turns there. You


have to be a bit of an expert to see them absolutely perfectly.


the old days they were pulled by horses, so it was not much of a


problem. You could drag them around. Now they are propelled by a


propeller, which is at the back. Crow cannot always get them around


the corn -- you cannot always get them around the corners.


Maxine is passing by now. She's owned by Paul Weston and another


new comer, she is permanently moored at Heritage Wharf. They have


got to know the place well and they The sights and sound of the River


Thames. We're not going to see anything like this again in most of


our lifetimes. High spirits, we hope, from all of


the Royal Party. Certainly first prize for stamina


There's Tenacious, just on the right-hand side. Yes a large


sailing ship, you can see there, is owned by, I believe by the Jubilee


Trust. She is specially rigged so she can be sailed by disabled


people. Her crew are small permanent, and the volunteers are


half-abled people and half disabled. It's a remarkable achievement they


manage to do this. The technicallys are -- technicalities are


fascinating. I was on board a couple of weeks ago and it was an


Well, the last two sections coming past now. The last two or three


music barges and the passenger boats are coming past, so not long


to go. It is still going. I cannot tell you, the rain coming down here


is extraordinary. Just further down river from here is Sian Williams,


on Tower Bridge, with Dan. It is coming down in bucket s here.


I am joined by Dan to tell us about the changing face of the Thames.


Over the years it has changed substantially. Tremendously. The


great Port of London, a place of trade and commerce, but now a place


where people live and offices. If you think, down there, the South


Bank, Festival of Britain, 1951, that came when the river was still


a place of commerce and trade. Bomb damage. The great festival took


place. That transformed that area in the 1950s. Now the arts centre -


that is wonderful. It is a new mark of the Thames, I suppose of the


arts. It is a place of entertainment. The London Eye is


turning around. Come up further, towards us here in the east - St


Paul's, an ancient mark of the old history. 17th century, a place of


trade and commerce. Think of the Tate Modern, and the power station,


marking the trade and industrial aspect of London and here, where we


are standing now, it was transformed again. The ancient Port


of London over there, the Port of London, for 2,000 years a place of


trade. Now that is entertainment again. High living, high rise and


behind you is the tallest building in Europe, disappearing into the


clouds now. Normally you would see the top of the Shard because it's


what just over 300 metres high? 1,000 feet. An incredible structure,


now dwarfed by the clouds. That symbolises the different nature of


buildings around the Thames. Started as industry, and now high-


rise living and high commerce and banking towers. Amazing! The Shard


was designed to look like a sail going down the Thames? Partly to


evoke the Thames in the time of Canaletto. And a strange image of a


shard of glass. Do you like it? Artisticly. I think it is a strange


building to create at this moment. When you think of sustainability


and so forth, a great shard of glass will not be the easiest


building to maintain. You think it fits with everything? This skyline


has had so many different bits of architecture nestled up among one


and other. That is London, always absorbing and creating. The tallest


building in Europe is very appropriate for London.


Thank you very much. I don't know where everybody has gone, to be


honest. Nobody is here any more because the rain is just pelting


down. We're enjoying ourselves, aren't we? We are.


Rain on us, go on... Rain on us. We are still here and so is the Queen.


Hollywood has just zipped past us. Earlier we lost Alex Jones. Can we


go back to her? Do you know what, I think we lost


you when we went underneath Waterloo Bridge. Even though it is


lashing it down. Here on Hollywood, we laugh in the face of rain. Yes,


we do. Now Angela has been very kind and fed us all afternoon some


lovely food. We've had fantastic quails Scottish eggs, wrapped in


thyme, finished with rock salt and pepper. We will pass them to the


guys now. A little bit damp now. It doesn't matter. Here we had my


version of a coronation salad, with salted almonds, smoked chicken,


vegetables and an apple vein gret. We have some of these, and just


Alex, I know you have been waiting, we have some love -- lovely


Over here we have Christopher. He's been bamboozling us with Thames


facts all afternoon. We thought we'd set you a challenge and give


you 20 seconds to give us facts about where we are right now. Sarah,


our new friend, with a spot watch and bell can count how many facts


Christopher delivers. Three, two, one, off you go. Under London


Bridge just now, the first place in the world where it was made


compulsory to drive on the left. Suthack ka reed cal is the oldest


gothic church in London -- cathedral. We are about to go past


the Tower of London, the first bridge to be latrineed and we are


about to go under Tower Bridge which in 19 52. Stop! How many


facts? Five. You have been fantastic all afternoon. We are


having a party despite the rain. Back to you in your warm dry studio


and Matt, see you tomorrow. Have We are getting towards the end of


the pageant now. These are the passenger boats. They are passing


through Tower Bridge on the way to the dispersal area. There's about


40 passenger boats all together. Some stately passenger cruisers too.


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


think we worked out when the Olympics start. It's going to be


quite a raut to some of the Olympic venues -- route. And at Greenwich


and what was the 02 Arena is now the North Greenwich Arena and into


the City of London too. Despite the rain - well we are British! Despite


the rain, 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're


sticking with it in tribute, of course, to this wonderful Diamond


Jubilee and of course the Queen. Lovely to see in the background the


launch with the paddles. She's disappeared now, but cutting


through the water so sweetly, the Very shortly, we'll be getting to


the point where, as Sian said, we'll be seeing the London


Philharmonic Orchestra. It's remarkable seeing these Clippers


coming up the river, the catamarans coming up the riv. Shows you how


far things have developed from the long slender boats of yesteryear.


That's where all the cookery was going on with Alex Jones on The


Hollywood there. Despite the fact that it's raining hard, everybody


on the City Cruises ship behind, out on the top deck, they're a


leading provider of river boats in the UK, have quite a number of


vessels, and one of two in this pageant too. But everybody's out


there enjoying the atmosphere. Her Majesty is having a bit of a


chuckle there. And very shortly, the London tp Philharmonic will be


playing a very famous tune by Holst. It will be playing Jupiter, an


excerpt from the Planet Suite as we have what has been loosely


described as our wow moment of the And just having been told about the


wow moment, it's just been mentioned in my head phones that in


fact the wow moment may be cancelled because of the weather


but I'm sure you can totally understand that.


Tell you what, I could tell you what it was going to be and you


could just imagine the rest. We were going to see a sword fish by


plane weren't we? Yes, and a lot of people were looking forward to that.


A big moment for me. We still have the London


Philharmonic. There was also, from various squadrons throughout the UK,


in diamond formation, nine helicopters were going to fly over


as well in tribute to the Queen but that has gone as well. Once again,


I'm sure you will be able to understand precisely the reasons


The passenger boats, Tom, are coming thick and fast. They've had


to wait a long time but they're there. Not too far out of time.


are a little bit over time at the minute, but I think the organisers


can give themselves a pat on the back really. Yes, not much at all.


I could name one or two professionals who said they would


be at least an hour late at this stage but look at what they've


done! Fantastic. Well done to the PLA and the organisers actually for


So many servicemen we have seen today, so many former servicemen.


Rights from the moment when the Royal party began to make their way


down to Cadogan Pier with the Chelsea Pensioners, all the way up


to HMS President and HMS Belfast too. As well as everybody on the


riv of course, let's not forget them. When I was just dog a bit of


research leading into this, I was reading about an event that takes


place down in Sydney in Australia. Of course, they would love to know


that they do something bigger and better than we do, but they have


something like 5,000 boats in one of their parades down there. They


do, but they don't have to do it on the Thames River do they in the


pouring rain. They have a different set of issues, but it's interesting


seeing these passenger craft coming up because a number of the older


ones were Dunkirk little ships and they've actually stayed with the


passenger fleet, rather than go with the Dunkirk little ships which


is lovely. They make perfect vessels for getting in amongst it


on the beaches there because they don't draw water. They could cram a


lot of troops on board. They withstood the dive bombers and


shell fire and now here they are in In just a moment, one of the


Pleasure craft that will pass by the Royal party is called Queen


Elizabeth which was built in 1926. It was charted on this day by the


Royal Overseas League of Which the Queen is the patron, so that's most


I don't think there's any doubt about it at all, the Royal Barge


has been an absolute smash hit here today with spectators and those


people who've been on board too. It looks stunning. They had to be very


careful because she looks very high compared with a lot of the other


vessels and what is called air draft, that's how high the boat is


in terms of metres, is very significant on the Thames because


of some of the low bridges. It could almost have been touch-and-go


whether the Royal Barge got under but kfs very carefully calculated.


I think one of the reasons why the barrier was closed, another plus of


closing it was that they could control the height of water as well


as the depth of water the vessels had to float in so it worked out


well for the Royal Barge. Certainly the pageant Master and all the


partners in the Organisation of This fantastic event have left


nothing to chance, have they? Nothing at all. I've been privy to


most of the paperwork that's involved and it's absolutely


unbelievable. Never seen anything like it in my life and I can see


why it's worked out so well and they really deserve that it should


have worked out well because it's not been, there's been nothing half


baked about this. You see the Royal weddings on land and think, how on


earth do they organise all that, yet organising something on the


water in many ways is more difficult just because of the


nature of the beast, the water drifts about in all directions and


nothing can control the weather which controls the vessels.


Fantastic. One of the spectators who has a real connection to the


navy and everything nautical pretty much is the Lord High Admiral, the


Duke of Edinburgh. He celebrated his 90th birthday last year. I


sincerely hope he's in good health now. Joined the Royal Navy as a


cadet. We have seen many cadets here today graduating way back in


1939 from the Royal naval College down in Dartmouth. He was in fact


the best cadet on his course. He's been standing there for 90 minutes


now and he's straight as a ram rod and I just saw him enjoy a joke


with his wife. Later on in his career he was promoted to Commander


to HMS Frigate Magistrate pyre. His career eventually came to an end on


More happy spectators, as well as participants. As this historic day


draws to a close on the River Thames, which is described by some


as the spine of London, it's worth reflecting that this City is one of


the most iconic, historic and powerful cities in the world, but


it's provided the perfect backdrop, minus the weather of course, but


it's provided the perfect backdrop, the perfect setting for these


Diamond Jubilee settings in celebration of our Queen. What a


Well, commander Ian Clark and Steven Prince join us now in the


studio, so, as Royal Navy Commanding officer, it's been your


sailors that have been kind of floating along sued the Queen all


the way up here? That's right -- alongside. HMS Diamond is the


navy's newest operational ship and some of my sailors have been the


Royal guard at honour, the protection around the barge and


it's been a great chance for them to be involved in a fantastic event


on this. How have you thought the event has gone so far today?


think it's gone off wonderfully and the great thing about the maritime


community is they are not dampened by the weather. By comparison if


you look back to the Coronation or Silver Jubilee, this is much larger,


perhaps only 150 or 200 vessels for those and very, very inclusive.


are getting towards the end now, we are getting the London Philharmonic


Orchestra who're just on their way up to Tower Bridge, the last of the


passenger boats. When they arrive, explain what will happen?


Once they arrive, we have the Sword Fish Aircraft plan to overfly and


the formation... It's a bit like a swan this whole thing, the Queen is


graceful and lovely, then everything's paddling away


underneath and we think the flypast has been cancelled. Would cloud


cover be the reasons for that? It's a shame because we had a


diamond-shaped formation flypast with Merlyn aircraft, some of which


are deploying next week to the Middle East, youngly Sea King and


three of the links helicopters that we fly off the Frigates and


Destroyers. The Queen will get to HMS President where she'll meat a


range of sailors there and the Royal Guard. What an honour for


everybody who's been involved today? Fantastic and good to see a


maritime event at the heart of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A shame we


won't get the wow moment but they've trained long and hard for


it. Too bad, the weather got the better of us on that one. Thank you


We are not going to have our wow moment here this afternoon. You


have to think back to the immense effort that's been put into this


day. The last moment, the final moment, only to be spoilt by the


weather. As we mentioned earlier, we were due to see the London


Philharmonic Orchestra, who will still pass by the Royal Barge, with


their 64 players. And they will Every one of those boats trying to


send their own signal to the Royal Party. They head off past the


Avenue of Sail which, I guess, has been slightly overshadowed. You can


understand why. What a magnificent We just saw Royalty. That was built


in 1913. Also registered as a historical ship, too, as many on


the boats on the River Thames this The RNLI, who are well-known all


over the country because of their presence on every coastal region of


the country. And in Ireland, too. They have looked after everybody on


There is certainly nothing dampening the spirits of everybody


who has taken part in this day. It has certainly been an historic day.


It will take something to duplicate What a shame, just thinking back to


a week ago when everybody was walking around in shorts and T-


shirts. Still incredible sounds coming from the vicinity of the


River Thames. I mentioned earlier we've got Tom sitting next to me.


You are itching to get down on the river, aren't you, as your


favourite environment is being on the water? It's been a bit strange


being up here in the box, Paul. Looking at the boys down there, yes.


That is the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been playing


non-stop since Cadogan Pier. They have covered UK themes. They have


covered very famous tunes - Nimrod. That is associated with the


military. As well as Fantasia on Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance,


Henry V and a little ditty called The Pad doe Life -- the Padstow


Lifeboat. And the James Bond theme. She rejoiced in the name of Shaken


The glass-fronted vessel Symphony, hosting the musicians from the


We saw a brief glimpse of the orchestra there. Please don't think


that we switched them off deliberately. You can imagine, with


the rain, the way it is, there are a few technical problems. We have a


wonderful crew here looking after us. And there's some very brave


people on top of that craft. Exposed to the elements, they are,


but it didn't dim their enthusiasm # Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of


the Free, # How shall we ex-xtol thee, who


are born of thee? -- 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 I hope they get a thunderous round


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of applause because they do deserve # 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


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One of the gentleman on The Spirit of Chartwell slinking into the


background, really. The chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee


Foundation. He has done an enormous amount of work to get this pageant


up and running and then to completion. A nice little side


comment was that he was the great- great-grandson of the current Lord


Salisbury who was Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria's


Diamond Jubilee. Certainly, that moment from the orchestra and the


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singers, a mildly eccentric moment, As you can see, things have come to


an end, but the salute to Queen It's hard to say, hard to imagine


that things can go back to normal after this. It's been such an


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The Queen about to leave HMS President. Still smiling. I hope


she's had a fabulous day. Still a lot to look forward to just outside


of Buckingham Palace, this amazing stage that has been built bringing


a host of international stars to London for a live concert tomorrow.


Then, of course, on Tuesday the service of Thanksgiving taking


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


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


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 has 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 country and


worldwide will remember for many What a finale to the most memorable


of days. Extraordinary. We are just opposite Belfast and the studio


lifted didn't it? It did. Absolutely.


Anna we have just seen a bit of history being made there, haven't


we? Absolutely and 60 years on, the Queen's pledged herself again to


her people. She stood up the whole way through which says everything


and in this long conversation that's been going on for centuries


between the Royalty and the public, it's been cathartic the way it's


been played out between the monarchy and us today. The Queen


with step down from the barge feeling like another day, you know,


job well done and she's been on her feet the whole way through. Indeed.


Thank you for joining us all the way through as well. Who cares what


happens with the weather, long may she reign that,'s what I say.


Thanks Anna and thanks so much to our Team of reporters and the many


guests who've joined us this afternoon as well as part of our


coverage on the BBC. Now back to Huw who's getting ready for the


next installment. The concert tomorrow evening will take place


right outside Her Majesty's front door at Buckingham Palace. It's set


to be a star-studded show. Thank you to everyone who joined us today


for the spectacular if a little soggy event on the River Thames,


but do enjoy the rest of your extended Bank Holiday. Bye-bye.


Matt and Sophie and Paul as well with all that commentary to do,


thank you very much. I'm going to let you into a secret OK, as


someone brought up in South Wales, I know all about rain, OK. I'm an


expert on rain, I'll even say to you and I hope it doesn't annoy


anyone, I kind of love the rain, but even in my book, today has been


a little on the extreme side. Let's not pretend, it has got in the way


a bit. I should say as well, letting you into a little secret,


when you have got cameras and sound cables and all the rest of it out


right across London in this kind of rain and in these extreme


conditions, it's a miracle, honestly, to keep it going, so to


all of our Teams out there, I want to say a big thank you.


The other thing I want to say is this - we have got lots of very


memorable images of today. I know that some of them are a bit wet. We


started off what, four-and-a-half hours ago, looking at that


magnificent Canaletto image and I've been trying to match up some


of the images as we have gone through the afternoon. Let's have a


look at one of them, because this kind of does convey, before all


that awful rain came, the kind of scene and the expanse of the Thames,


if you like, the broad stretch of the Thames with this criss-crossing


of boats of all sorts of shapes and sizes, colourful flags, a great


sense of celebration and style with the Gloriana, the row boat there


leading the way. That's a great scene and for me, the one that


matches the Canaletto. Yes, of course, the weather started well


pretty benignly I think. We were all thinking that at this stage


we'd be relatively dry. Suddenly, the gusts of wind started to arrive


and then the camera lenses told their own story with big drops of


water telling us that frankly the rain was here to stay.


Other memorable images for me today were clearly the moment when Tower


Bridge rose in salute, it opened. It was a very dramatic moment. For


people in London, they are used to this scene, but to see it today as


the pageant took place was a special moment. That was when the


And one of the really happy scenes during the pageant today, the Queen


really taking it all in and clearly enjoying the event again before the


driving rain came in. But it was a great start to the pageant at that


time when things just moved off very elegantly and again just to


pay tribute to those who arranged this pageant today, a lot of hard


work went into it, a lot of detail. So to Adrian Evans and husband tame


who put in two years of work, I have to say, they never wanted


these conditions clearly, but they really did perform miracles to get


it all to work. Yes, tomorrow, a host of stars from


all over the world will be performing right here, Matt and


Sophie mentioned it. There's the stage. I hope you can see it in all


the kind of mist and haze of the rain, but a very clever stage


constructed around the Queen Victoria Memorial. That is going to


be THE performance area tomorrow evening, a great backdrop of


Buckingham Palace, 10,000 people who've enjoyed a picnic beforehand


watching it in the stands. Why don't I give you a taste of what's


to come? Take a lack at this. There's an intriguing thought isn't


it. Will we see Prince Harry on the tambourine on that stage tomorrow


night? I don't know, but Gary Barlow, the creative director of


all of it, we saw a glimpse of Gary there, has been keeping that secret


and tells us we'll have to see whether Prince Harry is one of the


performers. I listed some others earlier on. It's a galaxy of stars.


I mentioned Gary Barlow. 7.30 tonight, his documentary on Her


Majesty's Service. That's Gary basically travelling around the


world and looking for talent for that new Jubilee single which is


called Sing. That's the story coming up this evening on BBC One.


Don't miss that, it's a tale really well told. Of course, tomorrow,


Huw Edwards, Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth host live coverage of one of the biggest events of the year, the diamond jubilee Thames pageant. For the first time in 350 years, a flotilla of 1,000 boats will sail down the River Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's 60-year reign. The Queen will lead the floating procession in an ornately-decorated royal barge.

A team of presenters will be reporting on this historic event from bridges, banks and boats along the seven-mile route. Special guests include Sue Johnston, Omid Djalili, Griff Rhys Jones, Frank Skinner, Richard E Grant, the Horrible Histories team, and some of the many people from across the UK and the Commonwealth who have made their way to London to take part in this extraordinary pageant.