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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

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Diamond Jubilee. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has

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

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

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

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

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

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all belong. This weekend, the Queen matches the

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achievement of her great, great grandmother, Victoria, and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in rather different ways. The weekend has already started well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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day out nonetheless. That was yesterday. Lovely sunshine.

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

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

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

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

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

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of Victoria herself because the stage has been cleverly set around

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the Queen Victoria Memorial. Beautifully done and a great arena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Westminster and then she will return to Buckingham Palace in a

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carriage procession ready for a flypast by the Royal Air Force

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which the Royal Family will be watching from that famous balcony

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

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close. The celebrations, as I've already

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

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

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

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

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

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celebrating the Jubilee with probably some nice food and good

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wine too. Thousands of miles away in Pakistan,

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students and teachers of Fazia College in Islamabad holding a

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

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competitions and the like, to mark the day.

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

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enjoying their Jubilee lunch and some rather nice gifts from home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark. Quite a day here in Northern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fewer street parties in Scotland happening than there are in other

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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least. Thank you very much James. James

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

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Wales to Rhosneigr Beach in Anglesey now where Sian Lloyd is

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for us. Yes, we have come inside the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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continue for the next couple of days as well because tomorrow

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they've got a parade going through the village.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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are enjoying a Jubilee barbecue in the garden with families and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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intimidate the opposition, certainly on the rugby pitch. Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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passes by. Just looking beyond that, as you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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steamboats and tugs. Then 67 recreational motorboats and fire

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

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

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

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Philharmonic Orchestra providing a wonderful finale at Tower Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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women and Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew

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

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

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Sian Williams is soaking up the atmosphere on Tower Bridge and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of the Royal Family. It is all very exciting.

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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closely involved in planning It is a waterway that spans 250

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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guns being fired and crowds cheering. Are there lessons there

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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national character. It felt appropriate to be doing something

:24:44.:24:49.

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

:24:49.:24:53.

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

:24:53.:24:57.

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

:24:57.:25:01.

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

:25:01.:25:06.

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

:25:06.:25:13.

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

:25:13.:25:19.

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

:25:19.:25:25.

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

:25:25.:25:29.

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

:25:29.:25:35.

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

:25:35.:25:40.

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

:25:40.:25:44.

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

:25:44.:25:48.

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

:25:48.:25:52.

opportunity at any stage to pop along to the National Maritime

:25:52.:25:56.

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

:25:56.:26:00.

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

:26:00.:26:06.

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

:26:06.:26:12.

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

:26:12.:26:16.

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

:26:16.:26:22.

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

:26:22.:26:27.

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

:26:27.:26:31.

Matt to guide you through the afternoon. Enjoy it.

:26:31.:26:38.

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

:26:38.:26:41.

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

:26:41.:26:45.

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

:26:45.:26:50.

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

:26:50.:26:57.

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

:26:57.:27:01.

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

:27:02.:27:09.

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

:27:09.:27:12.

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

:27:12.:27:16.

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

:27:16.:27:20.

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

:27:20.:27:24.

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

:27:24.:27:28.

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

:27:28.:27:36.

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

:27:36.:27:41.

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

:27:42.:27:46.

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

:27:46.:27:52.

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

:27:52.:27:58.

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

:27:58.:28:04.

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

:28:04.:28:08.

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

:28:08.:28:12.

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

:28:13.:28:17.

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

:28:17.:28:20.

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

:28:20.:28:23.

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

:28:23.:28:27.

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

:28:27.:28:30.

rigorous inspection to make sure they are seaworthy. Chris Hollins

:28:30.:28:39.

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

:28:39.:28:46.

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

:28:46.:28:51.

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

:28:51.:28:55.

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

:28:55.:29:04.

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

:29:04.:29:08.

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

:29:08.:29:15.

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

:29:15.:29:20.

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

:29:21.:29:28.

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

:29:28.:29:33.

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

:29:33.:29:37.

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

:29:37.:29:43.

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

:29:43.:29:49.

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

:29:49.:29:55.

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

:29:55.:30:05.
:30:05.:30:11.

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

:30:11.:30:17.

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

:30:17.:30:20.

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

:30:20.:30:25.

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

:30:25.:30:28.

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

:30:28.:30:31.

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

:30:31.:30:38.

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

:30:38.:30:43.

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

:30:43.:30:47.

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

:30:47.:30:53.

little bit here the busiest water port in Europe.

:30:53.:30:57.

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

:30:57.:31:07.
:31:07.:31:09.

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

:31:09.:31:12.

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

:31:12.:31:17.

the boat that has the flexibility to move throughout different

:31:17.:31:21.

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

:31:21.:31:25.

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

:31:25.:31:29.

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

:31:29.:31:32.

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

:31:32.:31:36.

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

:31:36.:31:40.

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

:31:40.:31:48.

Port of London Authority, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and

:31:48.:31:51.

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

:31:51.:31:56.

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

:31:56.:32:04.

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

:32:04.:32:10.

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

:32:10.:32:14.

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

:32:14.:32:18.

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

:32:18.:32:22.

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

:32:22.:32:29.

certainly used to these regal occasions.

:32:29.:32:34.

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

:32:34.:32:43.

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

:32:43.:32:53.
:32:53.:32:54.

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

:32:54.:33:02.

Chelsea Hospital Colonel introducing the Prince of Wales to

:33:02.:33:05.

I called them earlier the magnificent Chelsea Pensioners -

:33:05.:33:15.
:33:15.:33:16.

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

:33:16.:33:25.

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

:33:25.:33:30.

They provided soldiers with a fitting home in their retirement

:33:30.:33:35.

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

:33:35.:33:40.

ready to receive soldiers from the current campaigns in Afghanistan

:33:40.:33:50.
:33:50.:33:57.

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

:33:57.:34:05.

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

:34:05.:34:15.
:34:15.:34:16.

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

:34:16.:34:22.

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

:34:22.:34:27.

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

:34:27.:34:37.
:34:37.:34:55.

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

:34:55.:35:00.

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

:35:00.:35:10.
:35:10.:35:10.

delighted to have met the Duchess today.

:35:10.:35:20.
:35:20.:35:22.

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

:35:22.:35:31.

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

:35:31.:35:41.
:35:41.:35:59.

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

:35:59.:36:06.

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

:36:06.:36:15.

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

:36:15.:36:25.
:36:25.:36:34.

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

:36:34.:36:38.

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

:36:38.:36:46.

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

:36:46.:36:51.

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

:36:51.:36:57.

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

:36:57.:37:01.

Jubilee Foundation. Just walking ahead of Prince Harry

:37:01.:37:11.
:37:11.:37:15.

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

:37:15.:37:20.

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

:37:20.:37:30.
:37:30.:37:31.

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

:37:31.:37:38.

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

:37:38.:37:45.

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

:37:46.:37:55.
:37:56.:38:11.

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

:38:11.:38:21.
:38:21.:38:37.

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

:38:37.:38:43.

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

:38:43.:38:50.

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

:38:50.:39:00.

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

:39:00.:39:05.

been responsible for goodness only knows how long now for putting

:39:05.:39:14.

everything together. The Royal watermen greeting the Royal party

:39:14.:39:24.
:39:24.:39:25.

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

:39:25.:39:35.
:39:35.:39:39.

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

:39:40.:39:43.

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

:39:43.:39:51.

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

:39:51.:39:58.

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

:39:58.:40:08.
:40:08.:40:11.

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

:40:11.:40:15.

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

:40:15.:40:25.

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

:40:25.:40:29.

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

:40:29.:40:34.

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

:40:34.:40:39.

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

:40:39.:40:47.

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

:40:47.:40:57.
:40:57.:41:00.

We saw some Royals at Wembley yesterday when of course England

:41:00.:41:04.

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

:41:05.:41:09.

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

:41:09.:41:19.
:41:19.:41:27.

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

:41:27.:41:33.

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

:41:33.:41:39.

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

:41:39.:41:49.

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

:41:49.:41:59.
:41:59.:42:10.

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

:42:10.:42:20.
:42:20.:42:22.

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

:42:22.:42:32.
:42:32.:42:45.

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

:42:45.:42:51.

Hospital introduces the 20 Chelsea Pensioners on what is their great

:42:51.:43:01.
:43:01.:43:04.

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

:43:04.:43:14.
:43:14.:43:16.

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

:43:16.:43:26.
:43:26.:43:39.

strong relationship between the Donald Cosack was one of the

:43:40.:43:47.

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

:43:47.:43:57.
:43:57.:44:08.

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

:44:08.:44:18.
:44:18.:44:53.

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

:44:53.:45:01.

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

:45:01.:45:11.
:45:11.:45:36.

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

:45:36.:45:46.
:45:46.:45:48.

meets the Heralds, who are flanking her either side.

:45:48.:45:58.
:45:58.:46:16.

Well, this is the Britannia Launch, of course, that is going to take

:46:16.:46:23.

the Royal Party about three- quarters of a mile up towards the

:46:23.:46:33.
:46:33.:46:34.

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

:46:34.:46:44.
:46:44.:47:01.

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

:47:01.:47:06.

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

:47:06.:47:15.

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

:47:16.:47:25.
:47:26.:48:03.

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

:48:04.:48:13.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

:48:14.:48:55.

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

:48:55.:48:59.

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

:48:59.:49:04.

so happy to be back on the Britannia Launch. Absolutely

:49:04.:49:14.
:49:14.:49:14.

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

:49:14.:49:19.

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

:49:19.:49:25.

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

:49:25.:49:32.

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

:49:32.:49:38.

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

:49:38.:49:42.

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

:49:42.:49:46.

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

:49:46.:49:52.

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

:49:52.:49:56.

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

:49:56.:50:03.

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

:50:03.:50:07.

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

:50:07.:50:10.

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

:50:10.:50:13.

enjoyment both the television viewers and the million people who

:50:13.:50:18.

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

:50:18.:50:23.

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

:50:23.:50:31.

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

:50:31.:50:36.

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

:50:36.:50:45.

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

:50:45.:50:50.

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

:50:50.:50:58.

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

:50:58.:51:02.

It is hugely significant. The association between the Royals and

:51:02.:51:10.

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

:51:10.:51:15.

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

:51:15.:51:18.

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

:51:18.:51:27.

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

:51:27.:51:33.

after the restoration of the monarchy, he brings Katherine along

:51:33.:51:37.

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

:51:37.:51:46.

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

:51:46.:51:50.

travelled along the Thames for her Coronation and then three years

:51:50.:51:59.

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

:51:59.:52:05.

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

:52:05.:52:09.

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

:52:09.:52:15.

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

:52:15.:52:25.
:52:25.:52:27.

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

:52:27.:52:32.

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

:52:32.:52:38.

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

:52:38.:52:42.

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

:52:42.:52:52.
:52:52.:52:55.

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

:52:55.:53:04.

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

:53:04.:53:10.

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

:53:10.:53:14.

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

:53:14.:53:24.
:53:24.:53:29.

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

:53:29.:53:33.

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

:53:33.:53:37.

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

:53:37.:53:46.

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

:53:46.:53:56.
:53:56.:53:56.

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

:53:56.:54:04.

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

:54:04.:54:12.

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

:54:12.:54:17.

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

:54:17.:54:19.

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

:54:20.:54:25.

things about doing one of these performances was the pleasure to

:54:25.:54:35.

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

:54:35.:54:38.

Britannia for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was always

:54:38.:54:45.

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

:54:45.:54:51.

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

:54:51.:54:59.

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

:54:59.:55:05.

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

:55:05.:55:08.

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

:55:08.:55:18.
:55:18.:55:19.

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

:55:19.:55:29.

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

:55:29.:55:34.

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

:55:34.:55:40.

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

:55:40.:55:45.

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

:55:45.:55:48.

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

:55:48.:55:52.

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

:55:53.:56:02.
:56:03.:56:03.

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

:56:03.:56:08.

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

:56:08.:56:14.

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

:56:14.:56:24.
:56:24.:56:25.

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

:56:25.:56:29.

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

:56:29.:56:33.

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

:56:33.:56:40.

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

:56:40.:56:45.

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

:56:45.:56:50.

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

:56:50.:56:53.

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

:56:53.:56:58.

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

:56:58.:57:04.

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

:57:04.:57:10.

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

:57:10.:57:20.
:57:20.:57:32.

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

:57:32.:57:38.

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

:57:38.:57:46.

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

:57:46.:57:51.

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

:57:51.:57:59.

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

:57:59.:58:03.

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

:58:03.:58:09.

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

:58:09.:58:13.

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

:58:13.:58:20.

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

:58:20.:58:23.

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

:58:23.:58:29.

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

:58:29.:58:34.

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

:58:34.:58:37.

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

:58:37.:58:40.

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

:58:40.:58:45.

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

:58:45.:58:53.

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

:58:53.:58:57.

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

:58:57.:59:01.

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

:59:01.:59:08.

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

:59:08.:59:12.

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

:59:12.:59:22.
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much part of her history, the family history. The Royal Watermen

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on board the Britannia Launch getting everything absolutely

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

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

:59:42.:59:47.

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

:59:47.:59:51.

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

:59:52.:00:01.
:00:02.:00:13.

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

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

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

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

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:01:09.:01:10.

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

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:01:20.:01:21.

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

:01:21.:01:31.
:01:31.:01:39.

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

:01:39.:01:43.

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

:01:43.:01:52.

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

:01:52.:02:02.
:02:02.:02:02.

show the presence of the Queen. That gilding is absolutely

:02:02.:02:12.
:02:12.:02:17.

A top British craftsman been working on that craft creating

:02:17.:02:23.

magnificent gilded sculptures, just to decorate the boat. Looks

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:02:33.:02:49.

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

:02:49.:02:59.
:02:59.:03:06.

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

:03:06.:03:12.

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

:03:12.:03:22.
:03:22.:03:51.

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

:03:51.:04:01.
:04:01.:04:06.

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

:04:06.:04:14.

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

:04:14.:04:22.

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

:04:22.:04:32.
:04:32.:04:59.

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

:04:59.:05:02.

Wonderful to see. And the barge looks amazing. While

:05:02.:05:06.

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

:05:06.:05:08.

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

:05:08.:05:16.

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

:05:16.:05:22.

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

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

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

:05:31.:05:34.

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

:05:34.:05:38.

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

:05:38.:05:45.

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

:05:45.:05:55.
:05:55.:05:59.

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

:05:59.:06:03.

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

:06:03.:06:08.

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

:06:08.:06:12.

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

:06:12.:06:18.

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

:06:18.:06:22.

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

:06:22.:06:28.

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

:06:28.:06:32.

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

:06:32.:06:36.

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

:06:36.:06:42.

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

:06:42.:06:47.

unique stamp on this grand moment in history.

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

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

:06:55.:06:57.

excited because we are going to... CHEERING

:06:57.:07:02.

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

:07:02.:07:06.

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

:07:06.:07:10.

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

:07:11.:07:13.

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

:07:13.:07:19.

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

:07:19.:07:23.

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

:07:23.:07:27.

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

:07:27.:07:33.

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

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Horrible Histories. Enchente... Charles II.

:07:40.:07:49.

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

:07:49.:07:53.

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

:07:53.:07:57.

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

:07:57.:08:02.

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

:08:02.:08:09.

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

:08:09.:08:15.

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

:08:15.:08:19.

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

:08:19.:08:23.

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

:08:23.:08:27.

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

:08:27.:08:32.

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

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

:08:35.:08:39.

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

:08:39.:08:42.

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

:08:42.:08:47.

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

:08:47.:08:53.

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

:08:54.:08:57.

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

:08:57.:09:02.

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

:09:02.:09:05.

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

:09:05.:09:14.

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

:09:14.:09:19.

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

:09:19.:09:22.

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

:09:22.:09:26.

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

:09:26.:09:31.

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

:09:31.:09:34.

ringing out pretty much continuously along the way which

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

:09:38.:09:42.

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

:09:42.:09:46.

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

:09:46.:09:51.

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

:09:52.:09:55.

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

:09:55.:10:00.

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

:10:00.:10:04.

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

:10:04.:10:08.

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

:10:08.:10:12.

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

:10:12.:10:16.

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

:10:16.:10:21.

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

:10:21.:10:28.

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

:10:29.:10:32.

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

:10:32.:10:36.

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

:10:36.:10:41.

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

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

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

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

:11:05.:11:09.

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

:11:09.:11:12.

this historic weekend. Any news yet?

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

:11:17.:11:20.

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

:11:20.:11:24.

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

:11:24.:11:28.

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

:11:28.:11:31.

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

:11:31.:11:36.

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

:11:36.:11:40.

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

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

:11:48.:11:52.

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

:11:52.:11:56.

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

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

:12:00.:12:07.

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

:12:07.:12:12.

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

:12:12.:12:15.

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

:12:15.:12:20.

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

:12:20.:12:23.

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

:12:23.:12:26.

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

:12:26.:12:29.

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

:12:29.:12:34.

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

:12:34.:12:39.

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

:12:39.:12:43.

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

:12:43.:12:47.

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

:12:47.:12:52.

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

:12:52.:12:55.

Baby". Excellent. Come back to us and

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

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

:13:06.:13:09.

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

:13:09.:13:13.

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

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

:13:19.:13:24.

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

:13:24.:13:28.

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

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

:13:34.:13:38.

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

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

:13:41.:13:48.

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

:13:48.:13:50.

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

:13:50.:13:57.

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

:13:57.:14:01.

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

:14:02.:14:05.

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

:14:05.:14:12.

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

:14:12.:14:16.

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

:14:16.:14:23.

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

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dancing! Bye! Fantastic.

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

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

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

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

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

:14:57.:15:03.

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

:15:03.:15:11.

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

:15:11.:15:17.

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

:15:17.:15:22.

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

:15:22.:15:26.

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

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

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

:15:41.:15:51.
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There's some very special people on there rowing. In the stroke

:16:05.:16:10.

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

:16:10.:16:16.

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

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behind them. Also, we have Clare Balding.

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This is extraordinary. Gloriana, built especially for the Diamond

:16:25.:16:31.

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

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

:16:37.:16:44.

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

:16:44.:16:50.

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

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:17:00.:17:02.

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

:17:02.:17:10.

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

:17:10.:17:20.

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

:17:20.:17:25.

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

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

:17:41.:17:51.
:17:51.:17:51.

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

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:18:01.:18:02.

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

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:18:12.:18:12.

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

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

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

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:18:42.:18:59.

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

:18:59.:19:05.

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

:19:05.:19:08.

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

:19:08.:19:13.

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

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

:19:18.:19:24.

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

:19:24.:19:31.

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

:19:31.:19:37.

extremely hard work, not necessarily for Sir Steve Redgrave

:19:37.:19:43.

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

:19:43.:19:46.

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

:19:46.:19:52.

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

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

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

:20:04.:20:10.

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

:20:10.:20:15.

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

:20:15.:20:19.

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

:20:19.:20:25.

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

:20:25.:20:31.

very long. At the top of the programme, we

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showed you that wonderful picture by Canaletto and I guess these

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

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

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:21:01.:21:07.

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

:21:07.:21:12.

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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

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:22:13.:22:13.

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

:22:13.:22:19.

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

:22:19.:22:24.

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

:22:24.:22:34.
:22:34.:22:36.

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

:22:36.:22:46.
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hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! That's Garrison Sergeant

:22:53.:23:03.
:23:03.:23:05.

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

:23:05.:23:09.

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

:23:09.:23:19.
:23:19.:23:27.

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

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

:23:35.:23:38.

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

:23:38.:23:45.

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

:23:45.:23:55.
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The sight of all these boats takes you back a couple of hundred years,

:24:15.:24:22.

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

:24:22.:24:27.

provided by the human form. Luckily, the Queen doesn't have to worry

:24:27.:24:36.

about that today. You can just sit as a passenger and watch the world

:24:36.:24:46.
:24:46.:24:57.

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

:24:57.:25:03.

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

:25:03.:25:09.

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

:25:09.:25:19.
:25:19.:25:32.

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

:25:32.:25:38.

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

:25:38.:25:47.

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

:25:47.:25:53.

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

:25:53.:25:58.

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

:25:58.:26:04.

wobble, especially when troops from the nearby Chelsea Barracks go

:26:04.:26:14.
:26:14.:26:17.

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

:26:17.:26:27.
:26:27.:26:28.

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

:26:28.:26:35.

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

:26:35.:26:38.

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

:26:38.:26:42.

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

:26:42.:26:52.
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BELLS RING I am sure you can hear - there we

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are - I was about to mention the bells. The Belfry heading up this

:27:07.:27:17.

pageant here today. They will eventually end up as the Royal

:27:17.:27:27.
:27:27.:27:38.

Jubilee Bells in their new home at BAND PLAYS

:27:38.:27:45.

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

:27:45.:27:51.

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

:27:51.:27:55.

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

:27:55.:28:05.
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Indeed, on the Royal Barge, too. There are still many, many boats to

:28:07.:28:17.
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come. There's the Worcester Busters, one of the many dragonboats that

:28:19.:28:25.

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

:28:25.:28:33.

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

:28:33.:28:43.
:28:43.:28:45.

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

:28:45.:28:50.

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

:28:50.:29:00.
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we have the sisters who won a silver medal in Sydney in 2000. The

:29:07.:29:16.
:29:17.:29:17.

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

:29:17.:29:23.

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

:29:23.:29:33.
:29:33.:29:46.

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

:29:46.:29:56.
:29:56.:30:07.

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

:30:07.:30:17.
:30:17.:30:17.

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

:30:17.:30:27.
:30:27.:30:36.

display here today. Just fabulous. So much response

:30:36.:30:41.

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

:30:41.:30:44.

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

:30:44.:30:48.

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

:30:48.:30:53.

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

:30:53.:30:57.

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

:30:57.:31:00.

or disabled because we have injured servicemen on board here and

:31:00.:31:04.

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

:31:04.:31:09.

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

:31:09.:31:19.
:31:19.:31:29.

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

:31:29.:31:39.
:31:39.:31:40.

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

:31:40.:31:47.

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

:31:47.:31:54.

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

:31:54.:32:00.

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

:32:00.:32:10.
:32:10.:32:27.

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

:32:27.:32:31.

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

:32:31.:32:41.
:32:41.:33:05.

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

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

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

:33:19.:33:29.
:33:29.:33:29.

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

:33:29.:33:35.

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

:33:35.:33:40.

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

:33:40.:33:50.
:33:50.:33:54.

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

:33:55.:33:57.

Hollins. Yes, thank you very much indeed. We

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

:34:01.:34:04.

excitement. The majority of the manpower section going through

:34:04.:34:08.

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

:34:08.:34:11.

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

:34:11.:34:15.

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

:34:15.:34:19.

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

:34:19.:34:23.

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

:34:23.:34:28.

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

:34:28.:34:31.

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

:34:31.:34:34.

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

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

:34:40.:34:44.

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

:34:44.:34:54.
:34:54.:34:58.

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

:34:58.:35:02.

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

:35:02.:35:12.
:35:12.:35:18.

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

:35:18.:35:22.

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

:35:22.:35:30.

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

:35:30.:35:34.

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

:35:34.:35:39.

that we can look forward to later on this year.

:35:39.:35:49.
:35:49.:36:01.

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

:36:01.:36:06.

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

:36:06.:36:13.

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

:36:13.:36:19.

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

:36:19.:36:29.
:36:29.:36:34.

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

:36:34.:36:44.
:36:44.:36:45.

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

:36:45.:36:51.

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

:36:51.:37:01.
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some amazing landmarks. Princess Anne's boat will form part of the

:37:04.:37:14.
:37:14.:37:28.

squadron of vessels that will be The organisers have done an

:37:28.:37:33.

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

:37:33.:37:40.

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

:37:40.:37:46.

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

:37:46.:37:56.
:37:56.:37:56.

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

:37:56.:38:02.

Royal Barge. The flags of the Commonwealth just

:38:02.:38:09.

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

:38:09.:38:19.
:38:19.:38:37.

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

:38:37.:38:41.

The Duke of Edinburgh certainly seems to be enjoying himself here

:38:41.:38:51.
:38:51.:39:03.

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

:39:03.:39:09.

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

:39:09.:39:19.
:39:19.:39:31.

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

:39:31.:39:38.

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

:39:38.:39:48.
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They're on board the Elizabethan. Mrs Carol Middleton there in the

:39:49.:39:55.

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

:39:55.:40:02.

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

:40:02.:40:12.
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Certainly the manpowered boats have I suppose this is one of the

:40:42.:40:46.

occasions where you really have to be there to just soak up the

:40:46.:40:51.

atmosphere and understand what it means to all the spectators. The

:40:51.:40:56.

atmosphere on the banks and on the bridges, absolutely electric.

:40:56.:41:06.
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I tell you, Thousands of people standing here on the river banks

:41:44.:41:48.

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

:41:48.:41:52.

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

:41:52.:41:55.

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

:41:55.:42:01.

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

:42:01.:42:05.

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

:42:05.:42:09.

making each of the sections of boats taking part in this

:42:09.:42:13.

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

:42:13.:42:17.

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

:42:17.:42:23.

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

:42:23.:42:28.

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

:42:28.:42:32.

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

:42:32.:42:36.

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

:42:36.:42:38.

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

:42:38.:42:43.

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

:42:43.:42:46.

ships and other historic vessels which make up the biggest

:42:46.:42:50.

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

:42:50.:42:54.

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

:42:54.:42:59.

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

:42:59.:43:05.

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

:43:05.:43:10.

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

:43:10.:43:15.

vessels is the London Philharmonic Orchestra who will be entertaining

:43:15.:43:19.

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

:43:19.:43:23.

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

:43:23.:43:28.

played singing in the rain just yet. All the umbrellas are down, I think

:43:28.:43:36.

we are OK, the rain is holding off. A bit too much rain and wind for my

:43:36.:43:40.

liking for the rowers. Back to Battersea Park, Tess Daly

:43:40.:43:44.

is there soaking up the atmosphere at a huge party.

:43:44.:43:48.

We are all very excited here because we've just this moment seen

:43:48.:43:54.

the Queen going by. Brilliant. Lots of whooping and hollering over

:43:54.:43:59.

here. The last time that Battersea Park saw an event like this was in

:43:59.:44:04.

1951 for the Festival of Britain when the park was turned into a

:44:04.:44:07.

pleasure garden. Margaret and Fred you were here in 1951, you are here

:44:07.:44:12.

today, it must be a very special day for you both? It is, it's very

:44:12.:44:18.

special to be back here. Seeing the Queen again? I didn't see the Queen,

:44:18.:44:22.

I must admit last time, I saw a beautiful festival, but I didn't

:44:22.:44:27.

see the Queen. Fred, does it bring back special memories for you back

:44:27.:44:32.

here today Absolutely. It was a brilliant time, 1951, the war just

:44:32.:44:37.

finished a few years and everybody was really happy. Everyone was

:44:37.:44:43.

celebrating the end of austerity weren't they? Yes. And we have

:44:43.:44:49.

found an MBE. Why are you an MBE? For services to the Lord's justices,

:44:49.:44:53.

I work at the law courts. I believe you met the Queen not once but

:44:53.:44:58.

twice. How was that? Oh, delightful, an occasion never to be forgotten.

:44:58.:45:04.

Did you have a little chat? I did indeed. Shake hands? Yes and it was

:45:04.:45:07.

lovely. Congratulations. And Harold, I believe you are celebrating the

:45:08.:45:11.

diversity of the Commonwealth today. You look fabulous. Thank you very

:45:11.:45:17.

much, so do you. We have another artist, we are doing Commonwealth

:45:17.:45:21.

Queen make-overs. There's a bee on you. So we are transforming people

:45:21.:45:26.

into different Commonwealth and Caribbean and African Queens,

:45:26.:45:30.

Indian Princesses. We are doing that all day in the park. I'll make

:45:30.:45:34.

Weiwei over for a make-over later. It would be great to transform you.

:45:34.:45:40.

And an Italian lady, what are you doing here? I love this country,

:45:40.:45:44.

married an Englishman and aisle here to celebrate with everybody

:45:44.:45:52.

else. This is a piece of history, the Coronation was great, I have

:45:52.:45:59.

memorabilia from that. Look at that. Genuine vintage ribbon from 19 52?

:45:59.:46:06.

As you can see. Head-to-toe, you look gorgeous. Today is a

:46:06.:46:08.

celebration of British culture here at the Diamond Jubilee Festival and

:46:08.:46:18.
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the Queen is a huge part of that. Thank you. I can't believe how well

:46:19.:46:24.

The Spirit of Chartwell moved up. We will go back down into the

:46:24.:46:33.

action to see Clare Balding on the Gloriana.

:46:33.:46:43.
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We have Will Dixon here. He has rowed the Atlantic, 3,000 miles of

:46:48.:46:53.

it. Will, how much of an honour is it to have been invited to row on

:46:53.:47:03.
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board Gloriana? Incredible. We would have been very surprised to

:47:11.:47:20.

be leading on Gloriana. It is an inspiring crew to be part of. A

:47:20.:47:26.

couple of old duffers at the front! A real mix of individuals and

:47:26.:47:36.
:47:36.:47:37.

stories on board. The man who won his fifth gold medal, he is

:47:37.:47:41.

stroking the boat. How is it feeling? Really good. Amazing

:47:41.:47:47.

crowds. I have rowed in some big crowds before, but not into the

:47:47.:47:51.

millions, as it is here. In terms of things you have done, where does

:47:51.:47:55.

this rank? Very special. It is right up there. As long as we get

:47:55.:48:01.

there first! We are trying not to race. It is a fantastic honour.

:48:01.:48:07.

When I was asked to put a crew together, all my first choices came

:48:07.:48:10.

forward. Everyone was really excited. Were you the chief

:48:10.:48:20.

selector? Sort of, yes. Lord Stirling was the guy that's in

:48:20.:48:27.

charge. I was blown away when I saw the boat in its shell form. To see

:48:27.:48:34.

it now, it is unbelievable! It is a beautiful rowing barge. It has such

:48:34.:48:38.

a great atmosphere on board. All of them putting in a fair bit of

:48:38.:48:43.

effort. Look at Sir Matthew Pinsent, a man who once had the most lung

:48:43.:48:48.

capacity of any athlete, didn't you? That was some record. It was

:48:48.:48:54.

all right. I'm using a bit of it now! Keeping you warm? That is

:48:54.:48:57.

right. You are setting a beautiful pace. Gloriana making its way down

:48:57.:49:05.

the river. We can start to see the London Eye. A magnificent sight.

:49:05.:49:13.

Clare, they are making it look so easy. It looks fantastic. The River

:49:13.:49:18.

Thames was not only a busy route for river traffic, but it is also a

:49:18.:49:24.

source of artistic inspiration. John Sergeant can tell us more.

:49:24.:49:30.

That's right. We have got the audience. CHEERING It's a terrific

:49:30.:49:36.

show. These Royal occasions have a great theatrical side to them. I

:49:36.:49:42.

have invited along one of our great actors, Richard E Grant. He is

:49:42.:49:47.

dressed for the occasion. What have you got on? I have a Union Jack tie.

:49:47.:49:55.

My belt. Yeah? My Union Jack socks and my underwear! Shall I reveal

:49:55.:50:00.

that Richard E Grant is wearing special Royal underpants? I am,

:50:00.:50:06.

indeed. OK. Here we are. Tell us why you are so keen to be dressed

:50:06.:50:12.

for the part? I grew up in Swaziland. This is the perfect

:50:12.:50:17.

place for me to be. We are looking at a theatrical occasion? We are.

:50:17.:50:22.

Incredible. It is about the biggest you could wish for. We can see the

:50:22.:50:25.

beginning of what is going to be the 1,000 ships that are going to

:50:26.:50:32.

come past here. That is quite a moment? Yes. Bigger than Strictly

:50:32.:50:38.

Come Dancing for you! We have got - the river has so many artistic

:50:38.:50:44.

associations. Shakespeare's Globe... The Red Light District! Over there

:50:44.:50:52.

is where Charles Dickens worked as a young boy. It was. So the Thames,

:50:52.:50:56.

really, it runs through the English story all the time, the British

:50:56.:51:03.

story? It does. Yeah. You are going to talk to us about Wordsworth?

:51:03.:51:13.
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am. In 1802, he crossed this bridge and wrote a poem. You have that

:51:28.:51:36.

poem? I do. Off you go. Here we go.

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Earth has not anything to show more fair.

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Dull would he be of soul who could pass by.

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A sight so touching in its majesty. This City now doth like a garment

:51:44.:51:54.

wear. The beauty of the morning: silent,

:51:54.:51:56.

bare. Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and

:51:56.:51:58.

temples lie. Open unto the fields, and to the

:51:58.:52:00.

sky. All bright and glittering in the

:52:00.:52:02.

smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully

:52:02.:52:03.

steep. In his first splendour valley, rock,

:52:03.:52:06.

or hill. Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so

:52:06.:52:08.

deep! The river glideth at his own sweet

:52:08.:52:10.

will. Dear God! The very houses seem

:52:10.:52:12.

asleep. And all that mighty heart is lying

:52:12.:52:22.
:52:22.:52:25.

still! Well done. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE

:52:25.:52:32.

The Royal Barge continuing on its way. I have to say those two, they

:52:32.:52:39.

are almost like mini thrones, not getting a lot of use by the Queen,

:52:39.:52:49.

or by the Duke of Edinburgh. The wind blowing across the bows of the

:52:49.:52:59.
:52:59.:53:02.

boat. That, presumably, will mean steering is an issue for something

:53:02.:53:11.

as long as this boat. Somewhere on that boat as well is the owner of

:53:11.:53:17.

The Spirit of Chartwell, along with his daughter, Mr Philip Morrell and

:53:17.:53:23.

his daughter, Kim. Along with the ten watermen and the Queen's Barge

:53:23.:53:33.

Master, Paul Ludwig. He must be a The Prince of Wales on the left-

:53:33.:53:38.

hand side. The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge waving, along

:53:38.:53:48.
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with Prince Harry. Good to see the Pageant Master looking quite

:53:50.:53:55.

relaxed as he talks to Prince Charles. I am sure he is delighted

:53:55.:54:00.

with the way things have turned out today. That gives you a good idea

:54:00.:54:10.
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as well as to how much preparation - many, many people undertook to

:54:11.:54:15.

get this barge looking its best and they have certainly done a great

:54:15.:54:25.
:54:25.:54:36.

A big wave from the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge

:54:36.:54:41.

as well. The Queen went below deck on The Spirit of Chartwell a short

:54:41.:54:46.

time ago. It is an extraordinary barge. I went on it a couple of

:54:46.:54:52.

weeks ago. The transformation has been done by a film-set designer.

:54:52.:54:56.

Below deck has been made to look like the inside of the Orient

:54:56.:55:04.

Express. You feel like you are on a train but on the water! She has 60

:55:04.:55:09.

people down there being served drinks... It is a floating palace.

:55:09.:55:15.

It is. We are seeing so many boats. Let's go to one with a bit of

:55:15.:55:18.

character. Mishal Husain is on a working tug boat that's made its

:55:18.:55:27.

way from Yorkshire and it was quite a journey. Can you hear us?

:55:27.:55:33.

Yes, this is the working boat section of the flotilla. So some

:55:33.:55:37.

noisy vessels around me. Steamboats and tugs. I am on a tug. This is

:55:37.:55:43.

The Wheldale, a coal tug. It was built in 1959. It had the job of

:55:43.:55:49.

pulling pans of coal from the mines to the docks. Never a vessel that

:55:49.:55:55.

was designed for long journeys. Yet, it's made a really remarkable sea

:55:55.:56:00.

journey to get here today. It's gone along the Humber and 300 miles

:56:00.:56:06.

down the coast to make it to the Thames. Its skipper is with me now.

:56:06.:56:14.

What was the journey like? It was beautiful. She is only a little

:56:14.:56:18.

canal boat, really. We got four days in the weather. That is how

:56:18.:56:23.

long it took us. You must have wondered whether she was up to the

:56:23.:56:29.

task? Very much so. We had quite a few critics and people who said we

:56:29.:56:34.

wouldn't get here. We have done a lot of work on her. She's built

:56:34.:56:38.

heavy. She is part of Britain's coal mining heritage, isn't she?

:56:38.:56:44.

She lives in a museum in Goole? That's it. We weren't down the pits,

:56:45.:56:49.

but my dad, my granddad, they all used these. They brought the coal

:56:49.:56:55.

down. It went into the ships at Goole and at Hull. We have done it

:56:55.:57:00.

for the North. And the White Rose of Yorkshire is decked out across

:57:00.:57:05.

the boat. Also here is your mum. Eileen, this is very much part of

:57:05.:57:12.

your family, isn't it, this kind of boat? Yes. Most of the tugs were

:57:12.:57:19.

run by families, fathers, sons, uncles. They all worked on the Tom

:57:19.:57:28.

Puddings, as it was known as. This boat goes back 50-odd years.

:57:28.:57:38.
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Amazing. To do this is fantastic. I did the Queen's Coronation street

:57:43.:57:47.

parties. You are soaking up the atmosphere? Absolutely. Amazing, it

:57:47.:57:54.

is. The cheering crowds on the sides, we can hear all the cheering.

:57:54.:58:00.

It is just wonderful. Eileen, Chris, I hope we can speak to you later.

:58:00.:58:05.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. No doubt Chris's dad will be

:58:05.:58:11.

watching with a lump in his throat. He couldn't just quite get here.

:58:11.:58:15.

know. Let's look on the river. There are some wonderful shots of

:58:15.:58:19.

The Belfry. There is Westminster Bridge. They are all heading that

:58:19.:58:25.

way. There is The Belfry. A bell for each of the senior Royals. The

:58:25.:58:30.

biggest for the Queen. On board is John Barrowman who is helping them

:58:30.:58:36.

ring the bells. Those bells being answered as they make their way

:58:36.:58:39.

along the shore. It is so important to keep that rhythm when you are

:58:39.:58:44.

ringing the bells. It must be hard, once you are on the water, to keep

:58:44.:58:49.

it going. They are doing a good job. The crowds are... The man-powered

:58:49.:58:52.

section, they are keeping up. They have to keep a good pace. They

:58:52.:58:57.

really have to lead the way here. Four knots they have been told to

:58:57.:59:02.

row at. That is fast walking pace, I think. Can you imagine being in

:59:02.:59:07.

that? The spirit that's carrying you along. You may think, "My arms

:59:08.:59:12.

are a bit tired" but the atmosphere is certainly pushing them along.

:59:12.:59:15.

There is the Gloriana. Let's go from the Gloriana to Anneka Rice

:59:16.:59:19.

who is with a party of artists. They are getting ready for the

:59:19.:59:25.

first sighting of the first boats at the Millennium Bridge. Hello,

:59:25.:59:30.

again. We are having such a brilliant time here. This bridge is

:59:30.:59:33.

getting very busy. We are at the Millennium Bridge. We are calling

:59:33.:59:40.

it the Arts and Crafts Bridge today. I'm here with 20 painters. Come and

:59:40.:59:48.

tell me what you are up to. going for energy of the event. I'm

:59:48.:59:58.
:59:58.:00:03.

trying to translate that with colour. Turner, you love? I do.

:00:03.:00:08.

is very exciting. They are going to be arriving shortly. You are

:00:08.:00:12.

painting on a door, which is brilliant. All the artists have

:00:12.:00:14.

chosen very, very different styles here. What are you doing with the

:00:15.:00:24.
:00:25.:00:26.

I am using a door because it symbolises the role that the Queen

:00:26.:00:30.

has played in the emancipation of women in the UK and in Commonwealth

:00:30.:00:34.

countries. She has opened many doors, which in previous decades

:00:34.:00:38.

would not have been possible. is brilliant, I love the way he

:00:38.:00:43.

uses materials he finds on the riverbank. Gillian, you are working

:00:43.:00:48.

on an iPad off. I am the oldest on the bridge, and I wanted something

:00:48.:00:53.

funky to do it on. I'm hoping to catch the Queen as she comes down,

:00:53.:00:58.

because she does such a wonderful job. We are building up to the big

:00:58.:01:08.

The Palace of Westminster on the left-hand side, slightly more

:01:08.:01:14.

modern iconic view of the London Eye on the right hand side there.

:01:14.:01:20.

As the flotilla heads towards Westminster Bridge, and that is

:01:21.:01:30.

roughly where the Queen is right Let's just have a look. Those of

:01:30.:01:33.

you who joined us right at the beginning of the programme would

:01:33.:01:37.

have heard Huw Edwards described the course down which all of these

:01:37.:01:43.

boats are going to follow, and that is where the Queen is at the moment.

:01:43.:01:52.

Past Battersea Power Station. So these people making very steady

:01:52.:02:02.
:02:02.:02:08.

progress indeed, and luckily so far Pass so many iconic landmarks that

:02:08.:02:14.

Little London. We are so fortunate to have such magnificent buildings,

:02:14.:02:19.

churches of course as well, government buildings and the rest,

:02:19.:02:24.

scattered throughout London. A lot of them overlook the river Thames,

:02:24.:02:30.

a different view of the Palace of Westminster, the background and the

:02:30.:02:36.

London Eye. One of those pods, I think there are 32 on the London

:02:36.:02:41.

Eye, and one of them is serving cream teas to all of the people who

:02:41.:02:51.
:02:51.:03:00.

are trying to get a much better That is the boat which the Duchess

:03:00.:03:10.
:03:10.:03:19.

of Cambridge's parents and brother That, I think, was the swan up

:03:19.:03:22.

those that we just saw in the picture a moment ago. That is Ben

:03:22.:03:27.

Fogle running pretty well, still smiling, plenty of energy left. He

:03:27.:03:37.
:03:37.:03:44.

Well, back at Chelsea, some of the public service craft just moving

:03:44.:03:47.

past, moving up towards Cadogan Pier, and they are certainly going

:03:47.:03:55.

to be one of the features this afternoon, the fire bodes saluting

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:04:05.:04:05.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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Well, so many photographs will be taken of what is going to be a very

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:04:56.:05:02.

And the bells, complete with John Barrowman on board, I hope he has

:05:02.:05:05.

got some earplugs, because they have been going ever since we saw

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:05:15.:05:18.

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

:05:18.:05:26.

over the country, as we mentioned at the top of the programme, too.

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This certainly is a Canaletto moment, isn't it? So many iconic

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:05:41.:05:41.

buildings flanking this mass of vessels, all powered by the human

:05:41.:05:50.

arm, shoulder, back and legs. Just looking down the pageant, we then

:05:50.:05:56.

come to the flags of the Commonwealth, and the Trinity 500s,

:05:56.:06:06.
:06:06.:06:14.

they are called, from sea cadets Back to the Royal squadron, the

:06:14.:06:24.
:06:24.:06:24.

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

:06:24.:06:29.

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

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:06:39.:06:42.

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

:06:42.:06:45.

we have really had to see the Dunkirk Little Ships, there are

:06:45.:06:52.

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

:06:52.:06:58.

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

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:07:08.:07:13.

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

:07:13.:07:17.

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

:07:17.:07:23.

to. -- sections. They will certainly be earning their money

:07:23.:07:33.
:07:33.:07:34.

today, playing music for the way So the working boats and the Fire

:07:34.:07:44.
:07:44.:07:44.

boats we saw before now passing Cadogan Pier, recreational motor

:07:45.:07:54.
:07:55.:08:17.

boats, leisure boats, too. A lot of Well, this is where we are all

:08:17.:08:24.

going to end up, as we here one of the salutes to the Queen that have

:08:24.:08:32.

happened over the last two days. Just outside the Tower of London,

:08:32.:08:39.

part of a 41 gun salute, followed by a special summit by the

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The Royal barge there just going underneath Lambeth Bridge, so the

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next target will be Westminster There are so many churches, of

:09:38.:09:45.

course, close to the banks of the River Thames and so many bells can

:09:45.:09:50.

be heard, as well as the bells that are already on the river and they

:09:50.:10:00.
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The Palace of Westminster, and in the Clock Tower there, of course,

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Big Ben, the bell which strikes the hour, created in the same foundry

:10:19.:10:29.
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that created the bells on the river Yes, thanks very much, you just

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join us here at Vauxhall Bridge. We have got the band going past us on

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the left-hand side, and crowds behind me at the MI6 building just

:10:49.:10:53.

waiting to see the historic boats who are just about to come under

:10:53.:11:00.

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

:11:00.:11:03.

part of Operation Dynamo when the United Kingdom, the allied forces

:11:03.:11:08.

were in such desperate need for help, and they are part are a

:11:08.:11:12.

fantastic society that makes annual trips to Dunkirk. I went on board

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as part of the scrutiny during process earlier this week, and they

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are all in such fantastic shape. They worked so hard on them, and as

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you can see, they are all receiving a warm welcome from the crowds

:11:24.:11:31.

behind us. If you can see behind me, up into these flats behind me,

:11:31.:11:36.

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

:11:36.:11:39.

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

:11:40.:11:43.

this pageant. As you can see, a few of the little ships making their

:11:43.:11:48.

way through now, just under Vauxhall Bridge. An update, we did

:11:48.:11:51.

have one little gentleman in his Venetian gondola was struggling a

:11:51.:11:58.

little bit, and one of the marshals gave a NATO, so far no worries to

:11:58.:12:03.

report. Look at the crowd behind me, just all waving away, really

:12:03.:12:08.

enjoying the whole occasion here. And as we can see, the little ships

:12:08.:12:18.
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just coming through, so I will hand Well, the wind just picking up now,

:12:21.:12:29.

drops of rain starting to fall, but still so much... Particularly here

:12:29.:12:33.

on Gloriana, this bird very much inspired by the mind and the money

:12:33.:12:37.

of Lord Sterling, who is with me now. What did you want to achieve

:12:37.:12:42.

with Gloriana? I think it says it all today. You look at the crowds,

:12:42.:12:49.

the people on board, the marvellous bunch of oarsmen that we have. It

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says it, and in practice I think we created it as a lasting legacy, and

:12:55.:13:01.

basically inspired by the great Canalettos and the National

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Maritime Museum, if you see what is happening there, see all about it

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

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what it is all about through history. I have his say that if we

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can have the opportunity of lifting people's interest in the Thames,

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and for youngsters to have the opportunity of growing up, then we

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will have done something in the years to come. There are so many

:13:26.:13:30.

young faces are on the boats, the bridges, on the banks of the river,

:13:30.:13:35.

high-pitched voices screaming out as we come by, and it is just a

:13:35.:13:38.

wonderful, wonderful feeling, and we are certainly not going to let a

:13:38.:13:43.

few spots of rain dampened our enthusiasm, not on Gloriana at any

:13:43.:13:47.

rate, not for the whole of this river pageant. It is a fabulous

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Well, it is a fantastic scene here, look at that, just look at it.

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There is the Spirit of Chartwell, what we now know as the Royal barge,

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and we can just see the Queen, and we can see everything. I have to

:14:13.:14:17.

say that we will probably see more this evening when we watch it all

:14:17.:14:21.

on television, but that is a terrific sight, and you have got

:14:21.:14:27.

all these boats behind, coming up later on. The cheering and the

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crowd... We have been cheering pictures are the big screen on the

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other side of the bridge, there is any excuse for cheering, like now,

:14:35.:14:42.

come on! We are all raring to go, all we want to do is cheer, come on,

:14:42.:14:48.

hurray, hurray, hurray! It is a wonderful atmosphere, and the whole

:14:48.:14:51.

bridge, you can imagine it, the whole of the bridge from one side

:14:51.:14:56.

to the other is covered with people, and we are just having a good time,

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it is a simple, straightforward, And there are the Commonwealth

:15:21.:15:27.

lives. I have to say, at the pageant is pretty much spread out.

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Princess Eugenie there with her The Duke of York.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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The rest of the Royal Family making I'm standing on a Dutch barge,

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which is twice as wide a narrow boat. Am I right? I am learning all

:16:48.:16:53.

sorts of things from the owner, Caroline. Good afternoon. It is

:16:53.:16:59.

wonderful to be here. It is amazing. Unbelievable. We are not in the

:16:59.:17:03.

main bit, but it has been incredible so far. The difference

:17:03.:17:07.

with this boat, as compared to other boats is, this is your home?

:17:07.:17:14.

It has been for 13 years. If you take a look inside... Can we do

:17:14.:17:18.

that? It is luxury. They have sofas, they have everything. Downstairs,

:17:18.:17:25.

you have even got, if I understand it, an oil-powered stove, a range,

:17:25.:17:31.

we cannot mention the name and you also have a water bed? Indeed. It

:17:31.:17:38.

is the only reason we have it... Tell me, why did you choose life on

:17:38.:17:44.

board? I did not have an option. My husband asked if I would fancy

:17:44.:17:51.

living on a boat. I had to have my range cooker, my spa bath and

:17:51.:18:00.

heated towel rail. You could have had that in a semi detached house!

:18:00.:18:09.

But maybe not a husband. Tell me about Gigi? She is a Dutch dog, a

:18:09.:18:15.

dog kept on barges, traditionally in Holland as a barge dog. She is

:18:15.:18:22.

very well behaved. She has taken to the water so well. We are very

:18:22.:18:29.

pleased with her. We love her to bits. She looks like one of our

:18:29.:18:36.

microphones, which is fantastic! We will see you later.

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The Spirit of Chartwell, with the Palace of Westminster in the

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background. When that building first appeared

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on the landscape, on the banks of the River Thames, what five

:19:00.:19:07.

centuries ago, longer than that, Edward The Confesser, who founded

:19:07.:19:10.

the Palace of Westminster. For a long, long time it became the seat

:19:10.:19:19.

of power of royal power, until it - it is now identified with

:19:19.:19:23.

representative Government and Parliament. Almost fading away into

:19:23.:19:29.

the background... At this point, let me introduce you to a gentleman

:19:29.:19:35.

who has sat beside me in the commentary box. Tom Cunlif. He

:19:35.:19:40.

knows everything there is to know about boats, but more importantly

:19:40.:19:43.

navigation, and because of the twists and turns in the river, are

:19:43.:19:47.

any of these boats going to have a problem today? What is interesting,

:19:47.:19:51.

is I am watching the flags and they are blowing across the boats, which

:19:51.:19:55.

is making it gentle at the moment, but when they turn to the right at

:19:55.:19:59.

Westminster, they will have it smack on the nose, which means Her

:19:59.:20:03.

Majesty will get chilly and the man-powered boats will have more of

:20:03.:20:06.

a struggle than so far. Looking at them, they seem to be managing

:20:07.:20:16.
:20:17.:20:29.

The Royal Festival Hall. We have on the top level of the Royal Festival

:20:29.:20:32.

Hall... Tom I think you can understand that, can't you? I don't

:20:32.:20:39.

have a clue. I was thinking we have an expert in the room! It is

:20:39.:20:49.
:20:49.:20:49.

sending best messages to Her Majesty, the Queen.

:20:49.:20:54.

It's not just people waving flags, it all means something to those

:20:54.:20:59.

people who understand it. An invaluable way of communication

:20:59.:21:07.

between ships. Certainly before the invention of radios, et cetera.

:21:07.:21:17.
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I think that would probably mean Princess Beatrice, with her sister,

:21:42.:21:51.

part of the Royal Party. Seeing the boats come through the

:21:51.:21:55.

Thames is fascinating. Shutting the Thames barrier means there is

:21:55.:22:00.

little current. Some of these boats would otherwise be in danger of

:22:00.:22:05.

being swept on to the pontoons of the bridges. An effort has been

:22:05.:22:10.

made to cut the current by manpower, which has made this whole thing

:22:10.:22:14.

less dramatic than it otherwise would have been.

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Certainly, the Thames barrier, which we will not see today is a

:22:19.:22:24.

masterpiece of engineering. It just makes you wonder, actually,

:22:24.:22:29.

how they managed when the Thames Barrier was not there to have

:22:29.:22:32.

pageants on the river, which of course they did a long time ago.

:22:32.:22:35.

And there were less bridges in those days and the river was wider,

:22:36.:22:40.

so the currents would have been slower. Today, to put something

:22:40.:22:45.

like this on would have been hairy. There would certainly have been

:22:46.:22:55.
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some incidents. Now the National Theatre and a very

:23:13.:23:23.
:23:23.:23:25.

special moment for the Queen. The home of that great production

:23:25.:23:34.

of War Horse, which I understand the Queen is a fan of.

:23:34.:23:44.
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There it is on top. Even the horse saluting.

:23:50.:24:00.
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That moment has taken them nine months to prepare.

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We certainly know what a passion I hope the Queen enjoyed that

:24:26.:24:31.

moment. The horse, the star of the show, if you like is called Joey. I

:24:31.:24:41.
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understand she had a visit from Joey at Windsor a little while ago.

:24:43.:24:49.

There is Joey. He is making his own little bow to

:24:49.:24:55.

the Queen and the rest of the guests on the Royal Barge.

:24:55.:25:05.
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They are now heading out towards the City of London, the real

:25:20.:25:30.
:25:30.:25:33.

financial power of the country. Waterloo Bridge in the background.

:25:33.:25:42.

That was completed, this version of it, completed in 1944.

:25:42.:25:47.

It replaced the stone bridge which opened in 1817. Westminster Bridge,

:25:47.:25:57.
:25:57.:25:59.

absolutely packed with people. Dunkirk Little Ships just going

:25:59.:26:07.

They are a great sight, aren't they?

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Without them, there would be no British Army.

:26:16.:26:23.

We are back to hell sea now and the narrow boats.

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-- back to Chelsea now and the narrow boats. We had an interview

:26:28.:26:33.

with a nice lady earlier on, who was saying that she was given a

:26:33.:26:38.

choice, either a husband or a life on a boat, I just wonder how many

:26:38.:26:42.

people could conceive of living on a boat. If it is something you are

:26:42.:26:48.

very passionate about, I guess fantastic. The rain now is

:26:48.:26:54.

beginning to come down quite heavily. 43 narrow boats all

:26:54.:26:59.

together and 20 barges. They have come from many parts of the UK.

:26:59.:27:05.

They carry an impressive contingent of Lord Lieutenants representing

:27:05.:27:08.

Merseyside, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire and

:27:08.:27:13.

Staffordshire. Lovely to see the artwork on these

:27:13.:27:22.

vessels. The two on the back have lovely writing on them and this in

:27:22.:27:26.

the foreground, signifying how these boats work.

:27:26.:27:33.

When you consider the sort of network of canals we have got all

:27:33.:27:37.

over this country, which really created the wealth of many, many

:27:37.:27:43.

parts of the country, didn't it? The narrow boats carried the

:27:43.:27:48.

commerce of the nation before we had railways and Rhodes.

:27:48.:27:56.

-- and roads. There we are, she is saying, "yes,

:27:56.:28:03.

I am at the front, waving." It is great that the narrow boats

:28:03.:28:09.

are able to do this. If it was windy they could be blown out. The

:28:09.:28:19.
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Thames can get pretty rough. We Meanwhile, back at Westminster, and

:28:32.:28:38.

all the Watermen delighted with the progress The Spirit of Chartwell is

:28:38.:28:45.

making. No-one has sat down, no-one has disappeared off that top deck.

:28:45.:28:51.

Everybody wants to get a fantastic view. Well, the longest, one of the

:28:51.:28:55.

largest pictures ever created on the side of the sea containers

:28:55.:29:05.
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building. I think it is a picture of the

:29:06.:29:15.
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I hope that was a nice surprise for the Royal Party.

:29:26.:29:31.

I was down on the water yesterday - and I have to say that picture is

:29:31.:29:38.

enormous, enormous! Well, I think instantly

:29:38.:29:44.

recognisable as the Royal Party at the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977,

:29:44.:29:50.

stretched right over the whole building face, almost 100 metres in

:29:50.:29:55.

width and 70 metres in height. The total weight of a couple of tonnes

:29:56.:30:00.

or there abouts. The largest photograph ever, ever of the Royal

:30:00.:30:10.
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We just had a quick shot there, I am sure we will see it again, of

:30:16.:30:20.

the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, where of course the Queen will be

:30:20.:30:28.

visiting on Tuesday. That is one of the iconic sites not just of London

:30:28.:30:38.
:30:38.:30:42.

And some of the smallest boats in the whole pageant moving on past

:30:42.:30:47.

with the flags of the Commonwealth countries. Of course, these

:30:47.:30:52.

pictures going all over the world, not just to Commonwealth countries

:30:52.:31:02.
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Somewhere ahead of them, HMS Belfast on the right hand side and,

:31:06.:31:11.

well, we're going to mention this word time and time again, iconic,

:31:11.:31:21.
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and Tower Bridge is about as iconic And approaching us here, the

:31:46.:31:48.

Gloriana, it is the most spectacular sight as they make

:31:49.:31:56.

their way appear towards Tower Bridge. There passing HMS Belfast,

:31:56.:32:02.

and it really is amazing! We have been waiting for some time, and we

:32:02.:32:07.

have is very expectant crowd just below the studio, and suddenly this

:32:07.:32:12.

wave of energy approaches, and it is like a floating cathedral. The

:32:12.:32:19.

sound is just magical. You know, put this in terms of history, this

:32:19.:32:23.

is the People's pageant now. That was my line, it is the People's

:32:23.:32:29.

pageant! It is the Queen's pageant, of course, but the people on the

:32:29.:32:34.

river, people at the sides cheering, the Queen, the pride which she is

:32:34.:32:38.

going to look out over the river, see everybody waving, look at the

:32:38.:32:47.

cameras. I have just spotted my seven-year-old dad! He has made it!

:32:47.:32:52.

It is Canaletto brought to life. All the colours, and it is just so

:32:52.:32:58.

undemocratic. Of course we have got the cream in the middle. Even the

:32:58.:33:02.

rain is here now, so British. Adrian Evans, the man who came up

:33:02.:33:06.

with this, three years in the making, he wanted it to be even

:33:06.:33:11.

longer. He wanted it to start at Hampton Court Palace, it was slim

:33:11.:33:14.

down a little bit but not that much. The vision has been totally

:33:15.:33:19.

fulfilled. Look at all the cheering crowds, it doesn't get much better

:33:19.:33:23.

than this. This is what the Queen's reign has been building towards.

:33:23.:33:28.

This must be one of the biggest things she has witnessed.

:33:28.:33:31.

Absolutely, and of course there must be a sense of trepidation,

:33:31.:33:35.

what is it going to be like, how will people react? We have got the

:33:35.:33:39.

diaries of Queen Victoria after her Diamond Jubilee which have just

:33:39.:33:44.

gone online, and she talks about nobody having such an ovation, the

:33:44.:33:49.

pure joy in people's faces. She has not sat down, we have been watching

:33:49.:33:52.

her standing, 86 years old, she looks like she's having a wonderful

:33:53.:33:57.

time. They are genuinely engaged and enjoying it. She is not going

:33:57.:34:03.

through the motions, she is loving it. She is pointing, did you see

:34:03.:34:09.

that?! And it has got historical precedents. Anne Boleyn had a fire-

:34:09.:34:16.

breathing mechanical dragon on her bhaji -- barge. As they reached

:34:16.:34:24.

Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast... tyred rowers and heir. This is

:34:24.:34:30.

almost the finished point, the end is in sight for them. An amazing

:34:30.:34:35.

job that they have done, and the Royal Barge will be inside shortly.

:34:35.:34:42.

There it is, the Manpower Section coming past HMS Belfast. Our wonder

:34:42.:34:46.

if Clare Balding has had a go yet. You have to remember that those

:34:46.:34:51.

rowers have been at there since 10 o'clock this morning. I know it

:34:51.:34:56.

sounds silly to say this, but toilet breaks and stuff like that.

:34:56.:35:00.

It is a big consideration, what would you do? I do not think we

:35:00.:35:04.

would go to that one! Then maybe some indiscreet moments. You will

:35:04.:35:14.
:35:14.:35:22.

Making very good progress indeed as the barge, bells still ringing

:35:22.:35:29.

underneath Tower Bridge, and eventually the royal party will be

:35:29.:35:34.

tying up at HMS President, which we just saw on the right hand side of

:35:34.:35:38.

the screen mayor, which is home to the London Division of the Royal

:35:38.:35:48.
:35:48.:36:01.

Navy Reserve's and has been since Well, I think we can see the Belfry

:36:01.:36:05.

has just passed under Tower Bridge. Let me take you to meet someone

:36:05.:36:09.

really special, this is the bridge control room, and I'm going to

:36:09.:36:13.

introduce you to someone has an incredible job today, Tower Bridge

:36:13.:36:18.

Master Eric Sutherns. You are going to be raising the bridge and the

:36:18.:36:24.

bascules to let the flotilla through. In about four minutes.

:36:24.:36:28.

roared going to be raising the bridge in Royal salute. Slightly

:36:28.:36:34.

higher than normal? It is a full lift for the Royal salute. Most

:36:34.:36:39.

ships do not need that, but we actually lift the bascules to suit

:36:39.:36:46.

the size of the vessel, but the Queen gets the full lift. You do

:36:46.:36:49.

not seem nervous at all? You are going to be releasing the bolts,

:36:49.:36:54.

the counterweights lifting the bascules. We are already unlocked,

:36:54.:36:58.

ready to go. Is that the leave their you are going to be pulling?

:36:58.:37:03.

And then the bascules will raise. You have done this many times

:37:03.:37:08.

before, are you feeling a little bit nervous? No, it is an exciting

:37:08.:37:13.

day, everybody is having lots of fun. It just makes it more special.

:37:13.:37:18.

So nothing can go wrong? Keeping our fingers crossed. Can anything

:37:18.:37:22.

go wrong? Anything can go wrong, we're working with machinery, but

:37:22.:37:26.

it is very reliable, hopefully everything will go find in a couple

:37:26.:37:30.

of minutes' time. I am going to get out of your way and let you get on

:37:30.:37:40.
:37:40.:37:48.

Well, those bascules will be moving Of course, all of those craft

:37:48.:37:58.
:37:58.:38:00.

totally and utterly dwarfed by HMS It was commissioned in 1938, 91,000

:38:00.:38:10.
:38:10.:38:11.

tonnes, the largest cruiser in the So not too much wind, Tom,

:38:11.:38:16.

everything looking pretty good so far. No, it has really worked out

:38:16.:38:20.

for the best. I cannot believe how lucky we have been, because the

:38:20.:38:24.

weather forecast looked extremely dodgy, nobody could have predicted

:38:24.:38:27.

what was going to happen with the weather over London, but isn't it

:38:27.:38:32.

great to see all of these boats Road by these strong people? They

:38:32.:38:36.

could have accrued HMS Belfast in World War II, they would have been

:38:36.:38:40.

signed up, and here they are celebrating the Queen instead.

:38:40.:38:47.

might have taken quite a few walls to shift 91,000 tonnes! We just saw

:38:47.:38:53.

the Shard in the background, the tallest building in Western Europe,

:38:53.:38:56.

just beginning to take shape. It is supposed to be completed this

:38:56.:39:03.

summer, when summer eventually comes to our country! Certainly it

:39:03.:39:08.

is going to have a fabulous view from the top of that. The pictures

:39:08.:39:13.

we are getting, the overhead view of the boats, shows the diversity

:39:13.:39:18.

of the boats and how hard they have had to work to stay together. Some

:39:18.:39:21.

of the boats are slow and some are seriously fast, and yet they have

:39:21.:39:28.

done it, all of them, these different vessels. There are some

:39:28.:39:33.

magnificent craft there, a huge variation of boats, 2. Yeah, that

:39:33.:39:38.

is the wonder of it, really, to me. Some of them can really fly, and

:39:38.:39:43.

some of the rowing boats, we have got a replica of the original Boat

:39:43.:39:47.

Race boat that could actually fly over the course. They will be

:39:47.:39:52.

struggling to keep it down to four knots. That Cornish gig can do

:39:52.:40:02.
:40:02.:40:08.

Well, in salute to the Queen, the drawbridges, the bascules as we now

:40:08.:40:14.

know they are caught, will be raised to their full extent in

:40:14.:40:24.
:40:24.:40:39.

honour of the chief guest on the Of course, these craft have already

:40:39.:40:48.

been passed Tower Bridge, and we heard a lot earlier on about the

:40:48.:40:51.

master, in other words the bringing together of all the craft ready to

:40:51.:40:56.

take part in the pageant. What happens to them afterwards? Well,

:40:56.:41:00.

they despairs into their various places, and the Organisation for

:41:00.:41:05.

that has been fantastic. -- disperse. There is not going to be

:41:05.:41:09.

chaos, the whole thing has been planned to a tee, but it was nice

:41:09.:41:14.

seeing those Venetian gondoliers, wasn't it? They will be pretty

:41:14.:41:24.
:41:24.:41:49.

Well, Tower Bridge has always been best known for its impressive, very

:41:49.:41:53.

impressive central drawbridge, despite the fact that it has a bit

:41:53.:41:58.

of a medieval appearance, the drawbridge was built to be operated

:41:58.:42:02.

by the most advanced technology available in the 19th century, and

:42:02.:42:12.
:42:12.:42:22.

The flags of the Commonwealth once more, still flying proudly on top

:42:22.:42:32.
:42:32.:42:34.

of those Trinity 500s, doffing their caps as they pass the Royal

:42:34.:42:39.

Barge, there we are, some of the guests just sheltering from the

:42:39.:42:49.
:42:49.:42:52.

Of course, the weather is the one thing that nobody has got any

:42:52.:42:59.

control of at all. Being head of state in 16th of the 54

:42:59.:43:02.

Commonwealth member countries, all of them now fully independent,

:43:02.:43:10.

apart from the UK, she is represented by a Governor-General.

:43:10.:43:15.

I promise you that those bascules will lift! In just a couple of

:43:15.:43:25.
:43:25.:43:34.

1,200 tonnes, each arm, if you like, each drawbridge section of the

:43:34.:43:41.

Tower Bridge. They can be raised to their fullest extent, 80 degrees,

:43:41.:43:51.
:43:51.:43:57.

And the dispersal now begins, a lot more boats to come through Tower

:43:57.:44:04.

Bridge obviously, and they will all be watched eventually by the Queen

:44:04.:44:09.

when she leaves the Royal Barge. But the weather really has

:44:09.:44:12.

deteriorated. The rain is coming down now, but mercifully it does

:44:12.:44:17.

not seem to have produced a lot of breeze to go with it. We have seen

:44:17.:44:21.

one or two smaller boats been taking in tow, which was all part

:44:21.:44:26.

of the plan. It is great to see what good spirits people are in,

:44:26.:44:30.

even when they are being towed. There is no sense of humiliation

:44:30.:44:34.

because there has been no failure, this has been tough. If there had

:44:34.:44:38.

been any more breeze, they would have had to scratch the events for

:44:38.:44:43.

the rowing boats, so huge credit to them, even the ones that have ended

:44:43.:44:47.

up and their tow. I am sure that some of the active role as... One

:44:48.:44:53.

of the many music sections, I'm sure they would have appreciated

:44:53.:44:55.

the tough challenge that lay ahead and will be very satisfied with

:44:55.:45:00.

what they have achieved so far. Most of these boats are not racing

:45:00.:45:04.

skips. Some of them are actually working boats that were built to

:45:04.:45:09.

carry stuff, so they are really heavy. There is a Yorkshire cobbler,

:45:09.:45:15.

that is very heavy, I can tell you that personally. One from the

:45:15.:45:19.

rivers of western England was built to carry a heavy load of cargo.

:45:19.:45:24.

just saw a brief glance there of Handel's Water Music been played by

:45:24.:45:28.

the Academy of Ancient be sick on board the Edwardian, quite

:45:28.:45:38.
:45:38.:45:44.

appropriate, really, under the We have glanced a new home of

:45:44.:45:48.

London Government - City Hall on the south side of the River Thames.

:45:48.:45:54.

The home for Boris Johnson for a further term. He's on the river too,

:45:55.:46:04.

somewhere. A gentleman who received the

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Victoria Cross. I have seen him on television some times. What an

:46:13.:46:23.

achievement, at some cost. A VC holder.

:46:23.:46:33.
:46:33.:46:41.

And the pageant is simply full of On board this ship, one of the

:46:41.:46:45.

bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. There are a couple of

:46:46.:46:51.

bands on the river today. We heard them giving the Queen a

:46:51.:47:00.

fanfare a little while ago too. And right at the back end of the

:47:00.:47:06.

parade, we'll be finishing off with some very special music, delivered

:47:06.:47:10.

by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

:47:10.:47:20.
:47:20.:47:20.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

:47:20.:48:03.

So, 30 musicians from the Band of HMS Belfast is about to be flanked

:48:03.:48:09.

by the Royal Barge and the Royal Barge is about to receive a very

:48:09.:48:19.
:48:19.:48:27.

impressive salute from some of the Veterans and Sea Cadets on board

:48:28.:48:37.
:48:38.:49:03.

We got off to a bit of a false start, but they are about to be

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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An extraordinary machine, lifting Once again the Royal Marines

:50:49.:50:59.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

:50:59.:51:44.

Now, Jim, how was that to cheer the Queen and have her acknowledge HMS

:51:44.:51:48.

Belfast? It was wonderful I is something I thought I would never

:51:48.:51:53.

see. It is something I'll always remember. You joined the Navy when

:51:53.:52:00.

you were 15 and you told me some amazing stories, one when aor peddo

:52:00.:52:07.

hit your ship. You were -- when a torpedo hit your ship. You had to

:52:07.:52:13.

cling on to a dead shark - was that enough to put you off diving?

:52:13.:52:18.

from 16-and-a-half until I was 85. I enjoyed every minute of it.

:52:18.:52:23.

lovely speaking to you, Jim. We will chat you to more later. John,

:52:23.:52:28.

hello, John. You are a little wet there, aren't you? This ship is

:52:28.:52:33.

obviously a huge, huge ship, over 10,000 tonnes, when it was out and

:52:33.:52:41.

you were serving on the ship, it was thrown around like a toy?

:52:41.:52:45.

time she was 14,500 tonne. Since then the weight has been reduced on

:52:45.:52:50.

the ship. That is why it's at 10,000. Many time when we were in

:52:51.:52:57.

the heavy seas with the Russian convoys, we were picked up... Just

:52:57.:53:00.

imagine, you see these highest buildings and there were rollers

:53:00.:53:05.

coming in on you. You would they, oh, she'll never get through that.

:53:05.:53:10.

But the old girl did. She just picked up like a toy and you knew

:53:10.:53:18.

that because you could hear the propellers of the ship. Then she

:53:18.:53:27.

just got through. She went at all the storms. I think this ships

:53:27.:53:33.

11,500 tonnes. It is a weighty ship. Have you enjoyed your day here

:53:33.:53:39.

today? Fabulous. I must reiterate my colleague here, never in my

:53:39.:53:44.

wildest dreams did I think I would see such a pageant as that. We've

:53:44.:53:49.

got a diamond pageant and a diamond as a Queen. We certainly have, John.

:53:50.:53:59.
:54:00.:54:07.

Enjoy the rest of your day today. The Spirit of Chartwell has to make

:54:07.:54:17.

a tight turn now to bring it up alongside HMS President, sometimes

:54:17.:54:26.

described as the stone frigate. It is a naval store establishment at

:54:26.:54:36.
:54:36.:54:40.

As you have probably seen it is getting a little bit wet. If it

:54:40.:54:44.

were not wet enough, we have all the working ships coming through, a

:54:44.:54:49.

fire boat there, spraying the crowd, having a great time. You probably

:54:49.:54:54.

noticed that it has all slowed down a little bit. We have a backlog

:54:54.:54:58.

coming through Waterloo Bridge here. Some of the rowers are getting off

:54:58.:55:04.

the water. Still a great atmosphere. Sock at them there, in the Pride of

:55:04.:55:08.

London. Can sue see them in the kitchen. They may be making

:55:08.:55:12.

sandwiches, but they are getting a good view. The national theatre,

:55:12.:55:16.

over in the background, they are still enjoying it. They are getting,

:55:16.:55:23.

I have to say, a little bit tired as they come through under the

:55:23.:55:28.

bridge. The marshals are telling them to slow down, be a little

:55:28.:55:36.

careful. A few are managing to blow their horn loudly. They have to be

:55:36.:55:40.

very, very careful through here. It narrows down. But I don't think

:55:40.:55:44.

they are worrying about going too slowly through here. They are

:55:44.:55:54.
:55:54.:55:55.

having a great time and enjoying That is part of the reason

:55:55.:56:00.

everybody is laying up a wee bit, as The Spirit of Chartwell

:56:00.:56:05.

manoeuvres, as she did so beautifully when she joined from

:56:05.:56:12.

Chelsea Pier a little while ago. And the Avenue of Sail, in the

:56:12.:56:22.
:56:22.:56:22.

background there, these were ships which could not come through Tower

:56:22.:56:27.

Bridge. They have very high masts on. The Avenue of Sail awaits all

:56:27.:56:32.

of the ships as they head towards their dispersal points. Meanwhile,

:56:32.:56:42.

the Royal Barge is just negotiating the river at the moment. A

:56:42.:56:47.

beautiful shot there. How difficult will it be for them to go to the

:56:47.:56:52.

side of HMS President, Tom? I am watching this manoeuvre and it is

:56:52.:56:57.

remarkable. This is a very well chosen vessel. What he's doing

:56:57.:57:03.

appears to be defying gravity. It is very impressive. The whole boat

:57:03.:57:11.

is going side ways. I think we better send you down there in a

:57:11.:57:18.

hurry and you better ask him. There is a great feat of

:57:18.:57:24.

engineering and seamanship as well to steer something that big in a

:57:24.:57:27.

relatively short space, in a relatively confined area, shall we

:57:27.:57:33.

say? That is why they are ship's captains and I am not. The vessel

:57:33.:57:38.

has been very well chosen. Certainly the Master is handling it

:57:38.:57:43.

beautifully. You would expect nothing else in the circumstance s.

:57:43.:57:47.

You would not want to crash with such a precious cargo? It is

:57:47.:57:52.

something you would want to avoid for all your life. He has those big

:57:52.:57:58.

balls hanging down the side. They are the crunchers. The way

:57:58.:58:02.

this chap handles the boat I think you would be able to put an egg

:58:02.:58:06.

down there. Her Majesty won't even notice she has come alongside. Nice

:58:06.:58:16.
:58:16.:58:19.

So, salutes to the Queen and to The Spirit of Chartwell.

:58:19.:58:28.

She gets ready to deliver her cargo to HMS President in just a while

:58:28.:58:38.
:58:38.:58:39.

while. Albert Bridge is pretty much where

:58:39.:58:44.

we started. It was the first bridge that all of the pageant had to

:58:44.:58:50.

contend with. A Port of London Authority diver - I suppose that's

:58:50.:58:57.

the equivalent of the clear-up van, as they call it at the end of the

:58:58.:59:07.
:59:08.:59:29.

London Marathon. Maybe he's part of So HMS President completing to the

:59:29.:59:39.
:59:39.:59:39.

That breeze has dropped right away now. It's such a critical thing the

:59:39.:59:43.

wind on the water. We think these chaps manoeuvre their boats and

:59:43.:59:47.

there's nothing in it, but he will be very glad it's not blowing hard.

:59:47.:59:54.

You can see the flags are hanging limpy. He's moving in side ways.

:59:54.:00:04.
:00:04.:00:18.

You cannot do that normally with a Just at the side of Tower Bridge

:00:18.:00:28.
:00:28.:00:28.

there, another part of the Royal Squadron. A very clever bit of

:00:28.:00:31.

manoeuvrability that the Spirit of Chartwell has undertaken there,

:00:31.:00:37.

absolutely perfect so far. I hope I have not put the kiss of death and

:00:37.:00:45.

it now! But such precision. It is a pleasure to watch, isn't it? And

:00:45.:00:49.

that some of the other people in the flotilla would be pleased if

:00:49.:00:54.

they could handle their boats like that. I cannot even park my car as

:00:55.:00:59.

neatly as that? And boats work in a medium that is moving around all

:00:59.:01:04.

the time. If they stop, they tend to blow about. There will be a

:01:04.:01:07.

little bit of current moving past, and if you look at the Pontin's,

:01:07.:01:14.

there is some movement on the water, a little bit of a sea running. --

:01:14.:01:24.
:01:24.:01:31.

So the Royal party will be watching the remainder of the pageant from

:01:31.:01:41.
:01:41.:01:51.

Well, I think the captain of that ship can be very pleased with his

:01:51.:02:01.
:02:01.:02:24.

Beautiful pictures of AP double boat. Shame, such a shame that the

:02:24.:02:31.

weather has taken a turn for the worse. -- of a beautiful boat. It

:02:31.:02:35.

has probably put a dampener on some of the things going on, but not all,

:02:35.:02:45.
:02:45.:02:48.

certainly. No, sailors are used to Pouring with rain here at Tower

:02:48.:02:52.

Bridge, absolutely pouring, but it is not dampening the spirits. The

:02:52.:02:56.

people here waving as the boats go by, an amazing procession of

:02:56.:03:01.

vessels going past. It is the characters on board, not just the

:03:01.:03:06.

boats which make up the flotilla. They are a likely bunch.

:03:06.:03:10.

detoxes Vic is a little bit further back from Tower Bridge, but she is

:03:10.:03:17.

going to tell us plenty more. -- Sandi Toksvig. Hello and welcome of

:03:17.:03:21.

all these air fare in the heart of the Historic Ships section, an

:03:21.:03:23.

international occasion, I am delighted to be representing

:03:23.:03:28.

Denmark. The Danes swept up the Thames many times in their Viking

:03:28.:03:32.

longships ready to pillage the place, a jolly long time ago, it

:03:33.:03:37.

would be a good time to say an sorry about that. We have come in

:03:37.:03:43.

from the rain. Every single boat has been waterproofed, that is the

:03:43.:03:46.

kind of forethought and planning that has gone into this pageant. It

:03:46.:03:51.

is a place for glamorous guests on this boat, but instead I have got

:03:51.:03:56.

Griff Rhys Jones, Maureen Lipman and Omid Djalili. How are you

:03:56.:04:01.

doing? We have kept our station all weighed down, which has been

:04:01.:04:06.

marvellous. We have been in a gigantic convoy. You came here from

:04:06.:04:14.

on TV. It was windless and sunny. We have got sunshine in our hearts.

:04:14.:04:19.

Always, I come from Hull, we never forget the sun! Are you having a

:04:20.:04:23.

good time? You really have to be here to feel the excitement. If

:04:23.:04:30.

people do not feel it, go and jump into a bat, get some flags and

:04:30.:04:33.

waving furiously, get the excitement that we are feeling.

:04:34.:04:37.

are actually watching it on the television, which is really good.

:04:37.:04:42.

It is an international event, it is going around the world, although we

:04:42.:04:45.

are hearing that in Greece it is pay-per-view, not many people are

:04:45.:04:51.

watching. I get it! What do you reckon to these historic boats?

:04:51.:04:56.

This is the nicest one, because it has got a roof. We have discovered

:04:57.:05:01.

that as historic boats go, it is quite a handy one, because you can

:05:01.:05:05.

go below and see the world passing by. It has got rock and roll

:05:05.:05:10.

pedigree, because it belonged to Pete Townshend. Pinball, that is

:05:10.:05:16.

the answer! That is the way forward. And it rocks. It has not dampened

:05:16.:05:20.

anyone's spirits. We have all been laughing, cracking the most

:05:20.:05:25.

wonderful jokes, you should have been here! We have been having fun.

:05:25.:05:30.

I think my, it was very funny, if I may say. You had to be here. This

:05:31.:05:35.

is the BBC, but on Channel 4 there is an alternative version of this

:05:35.:05:39.

flotilla given by the Iranian President from the London Dungeon,

:05:39.:05:49.

in the torture chamber giving his address. And Michael Portillo.

:05:49.:05:53.

boat, the Zephyr, the harbinger of spring, the Greek god of the

:05:53.:05:58.

Western wind, I like that idea. What do we do? Is the intention

:05:58.:06:03.

that when we get to the Royal Barge, we come around, pass through the

:06:03.:06:08.

entirety of London, all the bridges, and then the Queen will be on the

:06:08.:06:13.

barge. Will she be below decks having their tea? We will be filing

:06:13.:06:17.

by? I am not entirely sure what will happen, but we are all

:06:17.:06:23.

swimming back. The advice on David Walliams, do not swallow. See you

:06:23.:06:33.
:06:33.:06:38.

And there is the Queen, still on board the royal barge, shortly

:06:38.:06:42.

about to watch these wonderful boats as they keep coming past, and

:06:42.:06:46.

they do keep coming. We are just reaching the historic section now,

:06:46.:06:51.

they are coming past us here at Tower Bridge, and there are many,

:06:51.:06:58.

many, many more boats to come behind them. The ideal weather for

:06:58.:07:04.

watercolours, but Anneka Rice is are on the Millennium Bridge, let's

:07:04.:07:09.

Sea and the paintings are going! Hello again. Yes, this is the

:07:09.:07:12.

Millennium Bridge, the Arts and Crafts Bridge today, because I have

:07:12.:07:16.

been here with 20 painters recording this glorious celebration

:07:16.:07:21.

of the pageant. It has not just been about celebration, it has been

:07:21.:07:25.

about the extraordinary British spirit. It is cold here, it is very

:07:25.:07:29.

wet, Turner would be proud of us. My new job is just sort of

:07:29.:07:34.

sheltering Haley as she tries to finish. How has it gone? It is

:07:34.:07:38.

going well, it would be easier without the rain, but we soldier on.

:07:38.:07:43.

You always say that you enjoy the Impressionist style of painting

:07:43.:07:48.

outside, but this is taking it to park, do you think? I prefer snow

:07:48.:07:55.

to rein, but I'm used to being out in all weathers. It is amazing,

:07:55.:07:59.

because there are 20 artists, all under umbrellas, or feeling very

:07:59.:08:04.

soggy, but the work that is being produced is just fantastic. I do

:08:04.:08:11.

not know whether we can move down. How are you doing there? I have not

:08:11.:08:18.

done so well with the Reina. no! I am loving that. It could look

:08:18.:08:23.

quite interesting if we take it out, maybe we could do that. I think we

:08:23.:08:27.

are British, it is a man's day, it is raining, the painting has

:08:27.:08:33.

suddenly become very impressionistic indeed! It is the

:08:33.:08:37.

acrylics, and usually a dry incredibly quickly, but because of

:08:37.:08:44.

the rain... I love it, that is so Monet, isn't it? Every single

:08:44.:08:49.

painting that he ever painted had some sort of fog effect of sunlight

:08:49.:08:53.

through the fog, and I think he would be proud. A little bit of

:08:53.:08:58.

remedial work when I get back, I can rescue it! Have you got

:08:58.:09:05.

something? Hello! How was it for you? Fantastic, fantastic day. I

:09:05.:09:09.

have had to put mine away because of the rain. Very quickly, try to

:09:09.:09:14.

get it out. They have had to pack up because it is so wet. Oh, my

:09:14.:09:20.

goodness. Art it comes, here it comes. Oh, my goodness, are you

:09:20.:09:24.

pleased? I am very pleased with it, I will take it away and finish it

:09:24.:09:31.

off. Amazing stuff. We have had the most hilarious wet, glorious,

:09:31.:09:36.

fantastic celebration today. Very soggy about there. I'm

:09:36.:09:40.

starting to feel guilty that we are the only dry people in London right

:09:40.:09:45.

now. Look, one person who can tell us all about the weather, I do not

:09:45.:09:49.

know, she might be feeling a little bit responsible for it, John

:09:49.:09:55.

Sergeant is without. Right, thanks a very much. Well, I admitted, it

:09:55.:09:59.

is raining pretty badly here, but we have had a very good time and

:09:59.:10:04.

time with an expert, Carol Kirkwood, what did you think? We were all

:10:04.:10:08.

right for most of it? The forecast was spot on today, we had a lovely

:10:08.:10:12.

period, but now the rain has come down and the wind has picked up as

:10:12.:10:16.

well. It is rather chilly, but it could have been a lot worse,

:10:16.:10:20.

couldn't it? This is one of these weather fronts coming from the

:10:20.:10:25.

Atlantic, we couldn't have started. And no, much as we would have liked

:10:25.:10:29.

to. It would have been fantastic if we had the weather that we did last

:10:29.:10:34.

week, but it didn't dampen any spirits. No, and the Queen has to

:10:34.:10:38.

turn up and put up with the weather, and she looked very protective. I

:10:38.:10:42.

noticed on the barge, no question of her getting wet. A very wise

:10:42.:10:48.

lady, she was well covered up. was at Greenwich when she came to

:10:48.:10:55.

reopen the Cutty Sark last month, and it absolutely poured. In terms

:10:55.:10:59.

of the good and bad on royal occasions, I put that the lowest, I

:10:59.:11:09.
:11:09.:11:16.

would give that zero, or if you How do you rate previous riot

:11:16.:11:24.

occasions? The previous Jubilee was sunny, dry, 26 degrees, lovely and

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warm. The Silver Jubilee was sunshine and showers, and it was a

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lot cooler, about 14.7 degrees. Bronze medal for today. It is

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actually quite similar to her own coronation day, wasn't it? I of

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course remember that, you might remember, too! Far too young, and I

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am telling the truth! That was June 2nd, 1953, what was the weather

:11:55.:11:59.

like then? It was cloudy, a little bit of drizzle, quite a brisk

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north-easterly wind as well, and it was cold, only 11.7 degrees. The

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average at this time of year should be about 18 degrees, so it was well

:12:09.:12:19.
:12:19.:12:20.

below. OK, well, anyway, we have had thank you.

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We can look behind us now and waved to Fearne Cotton, who was on HMS

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Belfast through the rain. Can you see us? Yes! I can clarify that it

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is definitely raining, but we shall sing, because as well as being

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joined by the HMS Belfast veterans today, we have got the Fisherman's

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Friends, hello, chaps. These are sea shanty singers from Port Isaac

:12:48.:12:54.

in Cornwall. I imagine a few of you are fishermen. And friends as well.

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The four guys on the end of fishermen, and we are friends today,

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rather soggy. Have you had a lovely day? She turned and looked at us

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just as she went past and gave us a little wave, fantastic, what a day.

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How long have you been singing together? Nearly 20 years, but you

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cannot tell that from the way we do it! You have been keeping spirits

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up, all the veterans have been loving watching using, so would you

:13:20.:13:30.
:13:30.:13:59.

like to give us a glass now? # We are bound to South Australia.

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# Heave away, all away. # We are bound for South Australia.

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# Heave away, all away. What they sound! It is so British,

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nothing is dampening their spirits. That is the whole spirit of this

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flotilla, the music, wonderful. Pouring with rain! I am just

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surprised that Paul Dickenson hasn't joined in with the old sea

:14:41.:14:51.
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Well, you have both obviously never Fabulous stuff, the weather

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certainly has deteriorated, and in preparation for today, as you can

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imagine, a huge amount of research has had to be undertaken, really,

:15:07.:15:12.

to make sure that we put a correct perspective on everything that is

:15:12.:15:19.

going on. When you consider the reign of Queen Elizabeth II,

:15:19.:15:24.

everything that she has seen and witnessed, you go back through the

:15:24.:15:27.

record books, if you like, the compendium of everything that has

:15:27.:15:35.

happened during her reign, even back in 1953, the very first ascent

:15:35.:15:43.

of Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, his famous

:15:43.:15:53.
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1963 the death of President John FKennedyT first supersonic airliner,

:15:58.:16:06.

Concorde, making its maiden flight in 1969 and in the same year Neil

:16:06.:16:13.

skp armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the moon. The

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Queen has presided over many sporting events. 1966, a red letter

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day, when England beat Germany. I am saying this when England embark

:16:28.:16:32.

on their campaign to win the European Championship, we wish all

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of them luck. And of course her daughter and granddaughter indeed,

:16:39.:16:47.

great horse women during their lives. Becoming European three-day

:16:47.:16:53.

event champions and Princess Anne has maintained her association with

:16:53.:16:58.

sport with the Olympic association. If it has not been already, it will

:16:58.:17:03.

be a very, very busy year for her indeed, with London 2012. How many

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days away? Less than 60. It is around 53-54

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days left before the opening There are many boats to come past.

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HMS President, that is where the Queen will be for a little while

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yet with her guests and the rest of the Royal Family. We are still

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waiting for a number of the sections and their bands, the music

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barges. We have already seen the Dunkirk

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Little Ships and the manpowered and pedal boats. We still have the fire

:17:59.:18:05.

boats, leisure vessels, narrow boats and larges. The passenger

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boats and Thames clippers. And of course the very last pageant

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float, which will be the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

:18:21.:18:31.
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That is what everybody needs - a Out there somewhere is the Shree

:18:35.:18:44.

Muktajeevan pipe band. I hope their bagpipes are not too soggy,

:18:44.:18:50.

otherwise they will be hard to play. There are still great sights on the

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river. These are historic vessels. Probably part of the national

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historic fleet. The nice thing is, when it is raining this hard, and

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it has gone through your oil skins and is dripping down your neck, at

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Just to the left is HMS Belfast, as another section begins to make its

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way through Tower Bridge. We think it's the service, steam and working

:19:30.:19:40.

vessels. We are waiting for leisure vessels,

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narrow boats and barges and Thames A great collection of lifeboats

:20:02.:20:12.
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going through here. It is fantastic to see them. Here's a steam vessel.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is part of British life,

:20:16.:20:26.
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Since we started, the Duke of Edinburgh has only had one

:20:31.:20:40.

expression on his face and that is a big, broad smile. Lovely to see.

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The RNLI, the charity which saves lives at sea - and still provides

:20:48.:20:56.

an on-call 24/7 lifeboat service around the coast.

:20:56.:21:02.

A staggering 95% of all the personnel involved on board ships

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are on board boats, should I say, are all volunteers.

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Wonderful institution. They have saved 60,000 lives during our

:21:16.:21:26.
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All the way along this flotilla we've seen a wonderful conversation

:21:54.:21:58.

between the Queen and all the people on the Bankside. There is a

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constant echoing going around. Amazing! Indeed. We have seen all

:22:03.:22:13.
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sorts of personnel, as the public went up, to the war horse -- War

:22:13.:22:16.

Horse. You had an interesting conversation with the Queen. She

:22:16.:22:21.

ended up at your wedding. How did that happen? Basically we got told

:22:21.:22:25.

after a few weeks of actually booking the wedding there would be

:22:25.:22:30.

an important person coming. Now, at that time I thought it might be

:22:30.:22:34.

Alex Ferguson. I got very excited. I didn't find out it was the Queen

:22:34.:22:39.

and the Duke of Edinburgh. So I decided to write a letter to say,

:22:39.:22:43.

congratulations on the jubilee and actually invited them to our weding

:22:43.:22:48.

if they had a couple of minutes spare.

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So I thought, if you don't ask, you don't get. I got a lovely letter

:22:53.:22:58.

back and on the day, it was a great surprise to us that she actually

:22:58.:23:04.

asked to meet us both. What was she like? Very few people actually get

:23:04.:23:14.
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to meet her, let alone have her at their wedding. She was very grey

:23:16.:23:22.

shous -- gracious, very kind. long did she stay for? Five minutes.

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We have a video. One of our friends has got a video.

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We have lovely photos from the Town Hall itself. People always talk

:23:32.:23:38.

about her sense of humour and the twinkle in her eye. She looks like

:23:38.:23:42.

she's enjoying this afternoon. first meet her it was such an

:23:42.:23:47.

honour. When you see her today, she's one happy lady. She is

:23:47.:23:52.

extraordinary, when you think how old she is, she is 86 years old,

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out here in the pouring rain. Fantastic! The boats keep coming.

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The historic section finally passing us. The rain keeps coming,

:24:09.:24:19.
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Another fire boat there, just paying tribute to the Queen.

:24:25.:24:28.

I don't suppose Tower Bridge has been up this long for many, many

:24:28.:24:38.
:24:38.:24:48.

years. As the boats go underneath the

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raised draw bridge of Tower Bridge, the first ship they see, sailing

:24:53.:25:03.
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ship is the Great Tenacious, which we will see later on.

:25:06.:25:16.
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Goodness, the Shard. We did see it before - it was quite clear. It

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gives you an indication as to the deterioration of the weather. I

:25:27.:25:31.

guess when you are the tallest building in Western Europe that is

:25:31.:25:38.

one of the down sides, isn't it? There's an interesting craft.

:25:38.:25:43.

That's the only hovercraft in the whole pageant. She is supposed to

:25:43.:25:50.

be at the end. It looks like she's under tow. There's the Cornish

:25:50.:25:57.

lugger, flying the biggest flag of the lot - the flag of Cornwall. She

:25:57.:26:05.

has a special mast. Right now, she's got it lowered. She's flying

:26:05.:26:15.
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Well, I have to say I am sure this is a day that many people will

:26:44.:26:48.

never forget. Not least the parents of the babies who have been born

:26:48.:26:52.

today at a hospital looking right out on to the River Thames. They

:26:52.:26:58.

certainly will have a claim to fame - jubilee babies. Any more new

:26:58.:27:03.

arrivals? We love a claim to fame. We've had some additions. We've had

:27:03.:27:09.

Rachel arrive, Ahmed and Santiago. He is here with his family as well

:27:09.:27:14.

as his brother, who was born at St Thomas'. You look raidant.

:27:14.:27:20.

Congratulations. He's so cute, look at him! A

:27:20.:27:25.

fantastic day, you have just seen the Queen? Having my son is a great

:27:25.:27:32.

event. Having the boats go by is great. I gave birth five months ago,

:27:32.:27:40.

I have only eaten cake since I have given birth. We want to give you a

:27:40.:27:42.

jubilee bib. Congratulations.

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Over here we have Lynn, who is director of midwifery here at St

:27:47.:27:53.

Thomas'. You have a great job, haven't you? A busy job, the

:27:53.:28:00.

busyest maternity unit in London. We have 245 midwives working here.

:28:00.:28:05.

Is there a time of year you see more babies pop out than others?

:28:05.:28:10.

have some months, some weeks busier than others. We have seen a bit of

:28:10.:28:14.

a rise nine months after the Royal Wedding. So, wondering if early

:28:14.:28:20.

March next year, we might see another peak after today. I will

:28:20.:28:25.

bare that in mind for this weekend. What is happening with the new

:28:25.:28:29.

arrivals? We had 24 babies born yesterday. We've had ten so far

:28:29.:28:35.

today. One born since our last broadcast. Excellent! So lots of

:28:35.:28:42.

babies. Hopefully we'll meet more babies later.

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There's the scene right back at Westminster, St Thomas, -- thom

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masses. These are behind the -- Thomass. These are the ones behind

:28:59.:29:02.

the London philharmonic. It will come to an extraordinary

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close. These are the pleasure boats coming

:29:11.:29:15.

through to Tower Bridge, making their way slowly up the River

:29:15.:29:17.

Thames. Even though the Royal Barge has passed where we are, there are

:29:18.:29:24.

plenty of people on the banks of the river, under their umbrellas,

:29:24.:29:27.

but waving away to this extraordinary sight of these

:29:27.:29:32.

vessels - 1,000 vessels. Still the crowds are not tiring,

:29:32.:29:42.
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they are waving. They are there And there, still on board, still

:29:49.:29:53.

standing, Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles with her, the Duke

:29:53.:29:59.

of Edinburgh, waving to all the vessels as they pass by. A big

:29:59.:30:06.

moment for every single boat, every single vessel which has taken part.

:30:06.:30:10.

The manpowered section has taken months and months of training -

:30:10.:30:15.

this has been three years in the making. She has not sat down there.

:30:15.:30:25.
:30:25.:30:27.

She is still there, happy enough, And a little while longer as the

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final stages of this pageant make Some of the historic vessels here

:30:46.:30:56.
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A parade site, what a sight of the River Thames! Well, are slightly

:31:07.:31:12.

drier terrain, but I'm not sure, we can go over to Tess Daly in

:31:12.:31:22.
:31:22.:31:37.

Battersea Park. How are you getting Hello! Name? Tess Daly. I believe I

:31:37.:31:42.

am mighty New for services to working in the rain. That is right,

:31:42.:31:51.

yes! Congratulations, may I done the game tears for services to

:31:51.:31:55.

working in the rain? Congratulations! Can I get you a

:31:55.:31:59.

copy? A hot-water bottle and a blanket. How long have you been

:31:59.:32:03.

working in the rain? Just about an hour. You certainly deserve this,

:32:03.:32:08.

try not to fall over when you walk backwards. Bruce, if you are

:32:08.:32:13.

watching, I have a game of sorts now! The Battersea Park festival

:32:14.:32:18.

has been talked into a veritable cake, a feast for cake lovers like

:32:18.:32:21.

myself. There is a competition going on to build the world's

:32:21.:32:27.

tallest cakes, carp cakes, candy floss, chocolate cakes, it looks

:32:27.:32:33.

divine. If you like cakes, you need to talk to the Women's Institute.

:32:33.:32:37.

Can I borrow your umbrella? I believe you have been selling 1,000

:32:37.:32:42.

today. Hundreds of cakes, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, chocolate

:32:42.:32:47.

fudge cake, all sorts, we are selling them, but they sold out in

:32:47.:32:52.

a few hours. We've decorated some of the Diamond Jubilee theme.

:32:52.:32:59.

are going to find the cake! We need cake! Everybody is sheltering from

:32:59.:33:04.

the rain, as you can see, in the marquee. Trying to stay dry. If

:33:04.:33:13.

there is any cake left, we want it! Look at the Royal Corky! Hello,

:33:13.:33:22.

ladies of the WI, keeping dry, we are rather envious! That is our

:33:22.:33:27.

portrait of the Queen. Lovely, I am very impressed. She is a member of

:33:27.:33:33.

the Sandringham branch of the WI since 1943. She joined as a girl

:33:33.:33:37.

died at the age of 17, did she? It would be rude to leave without

:33:37.:33:42.

having a little piece. Thank you very much. Did you save that for

:33:42.:33:47.

me? We will see you later! Hopefully the rain might stop.

:33:47.:33:52.

That is definitely the WI version of keeping dry, stay in the tent

:33:52.:33:57.

and eat cake. At least they are enjoying themselves and keeping dry.

:33:57.:34:02.

Back out on the Thames, the shots are just so amazing, more boats

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coming up, a music barge passing us as we speak. The sound has been

:34:07.:34:13.

just echoing across the river banks of the Thames. And what an honour

:34:13.:34:19.

for them all to be passing beneath Tower Bridge. Sian Williams is

:34:19.:34:23.

there somewhere. Where she standing now the bridge has gone up? She is

:34:23.:34:29.

getting ready, she is with the Horrible Histories team. They

:34:29.:34:35.

promised us a little bit of history. Interesting to think that in a few

:34:35.:34:40.

hundred years time, there will be a reconstruction of this. Coming up

:34:40.:34:44.

the Thames, these are the narrowboats. There are about 40 or

:34:44.:34:50.

so narrowboats, and 20 barges behind them. They have come from

:34:50.:34:54.

all over Britain, all down the inland waterways, making their way

:34:54.:34:59.

down here to take part today. Somewhere amongst that lot is Alex

:34:59.:35:03.

Jones, who was patiently waiting. Trust her to pick a vessel that is

:35:03.:35:07.

called Hollywood, I think she's doing a bit of cooking. She told me

:35:07.:35:13.

she would be, let's find out what she has got on the menu. Well,

:35:13.:35:19.

eventually! Hello! Yes, welcome to the Hollywood, not quite as

:35:19.:35:23.

glamorous as it sounds, but we do have a red carpet and some palm

:35:23.:35:29.

trees. We are not going to let the rain get us down, are we? No, we

:35:29.:35:35.

are not. We have the three main ingredients of any party, food,

:35:35.:35:40.

conversation and a great crowd. Our first guest on the red carpet is

:35:40.:35:44.

celebrity chef Angela Hartnett. She is going to be making some classic

:35:44.:35:50.

British dishes. How are you? Fabulous! You are looking so

:35:50.:35:54.

glamorous. I will be with you shortly. The second guest is author

:35:54.:35:59.

and travel guide extraordinary Christopher Whitley. Just to prove

:35:59.:36:04.

you know your stuff, what bridge is this? This is Waterloo Bridge.

:36:04.:36:08.

course it is! You have got a vast knowledge of the Thames, and we

:36:08.:36:12.

will be putting it to the Thames, but you and Angela Mengele for a

:36:12.:36:18.

second. It is not raining at all, we are not put off at all! What we

:36:18.:36:23.

are doing is a take on classic afternoon tea. I have done my

:36:23.:36:30.

version of chicken coronation salad. Smoked almonds, hazelnuts, loads of

:36:30.:36:40.
:36:40.:36:44.

Well, apologies for that, we seem to have lost the sound to the

:36:44.:36:49.

Hollywood, very wet at there, so a few problems with communications.

:36:49.:36:53.

Let's take another look at the Royal Barge, because it is such a

:36:53.:37:03.
:37:03.:37:06.

wonderful sight. Waving to those And there you go, you can see the

:37:06.:37:11.

rest of the pageant still making its way slowly up the River Thames.

:37:11.:37:16.

It really does give you an idea of just how enormous it has been. Huge,

:37:16.:37:20.

five miles, but they have been even further than that. Paul was talking

:37:21.:37:24.

about what will happen once they go through Tower Bridge and sort

:37:24.:37:30.

themselves out, but do you know, to get this many boats off the water,

:37:30.:37:39.

we heard about Bill boats coming from Yorkshire, you know. -- tug.

:37:39.:37:43.

The Queen is looking resplendent today. We have with us Paula Reed

:37:43.:37:49.

from grassy a magazine. Style director! An expert on all these

:37:49.:37:54.

things. She does look amazing, doesn't she? She does, and the only

:37:54.:37:57.

concession to the weather is a bit of a cosy rap, and that has only

:37:57.:38:02.

come on in the last hour or so. does look like the jewel in the

:38:02.:38:08.

crown of this whole thing. White was a great choice. Absolutely,

:38:08.:38:11.

because I am sure that she did not know the weather would be this

:38:11.:38:16.

great, but she stands out amongst the red and gold. And then all the

:38:17.:38:20.

little crystals, she is sparkling. We have got to ask about the

:38:20.:38:28.

Duchess of Cambridge. A lot of red around today. Perhaps it is the

:38:28.:38:32.

obvious choice, but the Duchess of Cambridge has taken a leaf out of

:38:32.:38:35.

the Queen's book and realised how a bit of slimline tailoring is the

:38:35.:38:40.

best way to keep yourself looking sharp and cool in a situation like

:38:40.:38:43.

this, where the weather can throw anything at you. Did you have any

:38:43.:38:47.

idea what the Queen would be wearing? Way had a bit of an

:38:47.:38:51.

inkling about what the Queen would be wearing, but nothing from Kate,

:38:51.:38:54.

so I was watching Twitter all afternoon to make sure I was up to

:38:54.:38:59.

date. Interesting that she did not go for anything weather proof at

:38:59.:39:04.

all. She looks fantastic in red. And a tartan scarf. That is their

:39:04.:39:07.

concession to the weather. The Queen famously hates age,

:39:07.:39:11.

apparently, so at the Derby yesterday we had set up a Tote to

:39:11.:39:14.

find out what colour she was wearing. Ivory and white were the

:39:15.:39:19.

favourites. The Duchess of Cornwall looking rather glamorous today.

:39:19.:39:26.

in cream, with a Philip Treacy hat, her favourite milliner. And the

:39:26.:39:29.

Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Sylvia Fletcher, Locke and company

:39:29.:39:32.

are one of the oldest milliners in the country, they made hats for

:39:32.:39:38.

Nelson at the Battle of Waterloo. Military and ladies milliners,

:39:38.:39:42.

wearing it with the Queen, one of our most modern designers. --

:39:42.:39:47.

McQueen. The Queen has been a real trend setter over the years.

:39:47.:39:50.

has, and while we were doing research for this, we did not

:39:50.:39:54.

realise how many knots to fashion she had made. In a way, hairstyle

:39:54.:39:59.

stands alone, it moves forward independently of fashion,

:39:59.:40:03.

regardless of how trends come and go. She is always constant in the

:40:03.:40:08.

middle of it. She is an icon, historic. I cannot tell you how

:40:08.:40:11.

many designers she is inspiring at the moment. Catt works are taking

:40:11.:40:17.

their lead from her all the time, Dolce and Gabbana dedicated an

:40:17.:40:22.

entire collection to are not so many years ago. We can catch up

:40:22.:40:27.

with Sian Williams at Stourbridge with horrible histories now. --

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Tower Bridge. The River Thames RC lots of changes over the past

:40:32.:40:35.

centuries, and we could not possibly putt at all into two

:40:35.:40:42.

minutes or so, could we? We have with as the hit sketch show

:40:43.:40:47.

horrible histories, and we have a Ten's report. Thank you very much,

:40:47.:40:52.

lovely weather for it! This is the River Thames, which started life

:40:52.:40:55.

flowing into another river that is now in Germany. It is slightly

:40:55.:41:00.

confusing. Up until the last Ice Age, Europe was a giant land mass,

:41:00.:41:06.

and water from the Thames flowed into the river Rhine. They made the

:41:06.:41:11.

cut my water turning into rind joke, which is a shame. At the end of the

:41:11.:41:14.

Ice Age, the Thames started to attract a bit of attention. There

:41:14.:41:19.

is evidence of settlement as far back as Iron Age man, a common book

:41:19.:41:24.

series that never took off. The Romans put London on the mark --

:41:24.:41:28.

map, naming it Londinium and building the first London Bridge,

:41:28.:41:33.

which Kubica probably burned down. So another one came down as London

:41:33.:41:36.

became the capital of Roman rule Britannia and other Romans stop

:41:36.:41:39.

ruling Britannia, the Saxons abandoned London and build their

:41:39.:41:43.

own version a mile outside the city. But not for long, because the

:41:43.:41:47.

Vikings attacked and the Saxons moved back inside the Roman city

:41:47.:41:50.

walls, and for good reason, because the Vikings do not hang around.

:41:50.:41:55.

They come over, Paul down the support of the bridge and in a

:41:55.:41:58.

moment London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling Down,

:41:58.:42:02.

inspiring a nursery rhyme which I can never remember. But another

:42:02.:42:07.

bridge is built, the world-famous London Bridge, the only bridge in

:42:07.:42:11.

the city until the 1700s. It saw the Golden Jubilee for Edward the

:42:11.:42:14.

Third, the first River Bourne coronation for Richard the Third,

:42:14.:42:23.

and of course Henry VIII's funeral procession. It got a bit messy when

:42:23.:42:28.

supporters exploded and were eaten by dogs. I think he went to the

:42:28.:42:31.

dogs at some point in his 30s. It is not just the royals who are

:42:31.:42:34.

using the river, by Stuart times it has become one of the world's

:42:34.:42:37.

busiest stocks. There are so many boats that they have traffic jams

:42:37.:42:45.

on the water. Really? When it gets cold, the river would freeze

:42:45.:42:49.

completely. You could drive karts up and down at four months at a

:42:49.:42:55.

time and they even put a funfair on it. In Georgian times they used

:42:55.:42:58.

boats inside Westminster Hall when it flooded. Not all of that water

:42:58.:43:01.

was water if you know what I mean. Yes, with the population booming,

:43:01.:43:07.

sewage became a major problem. In 1858, there was so much botty grot

:43:07.:43:11.

in the Thames that the Houses of Parliament themselves was overcome

:43:11.:43:16.

by the stench. When people started dropping like dodos from the

:43:16.:43:19.

disease in the doo-doo, Joseph Bazalgette invested a new drainage

:43:19.:43:25.

system which choke the pea out of London. Yes, this incredible system

:43:25.:43:29.

transformed the banks of the Thames, naming new embankment after

:43:29.:43:33.

Victoria and Albert. Why say it with flowers when you can pronounce

:43:33.:43:38.

it with Pooh pipes? It is so romantic, isn't it? And the Thames

:43:38.:43:42.

remains this wonderful thing to this day because of those buried

:43:42.:43:45.

doo-doo ducts which are still doing the business, which is why it is

:43:45.:43:50.

now full of ships instead of... Anyway, that is the history of the

:43:50.:43:55.

Thames in a soggy nutshell, a very happy Jubilee to you, ma'am, and it

:43:55.:44:02.

is that you, Sian! It is close enough! Sunday or news will be like

:44:02.:44:07.

that. More from the horrible histories team a little bit later.

:44:07.:44:11.

It has not dampened enthusiasm, this driving rain. Thank you very

:44:11.:44:21.
:44:21.:44:21.

much, lots of smiles, see you a Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic,

:44:21.:44:25.

how did they do that so quickly? think we should go over some of

:44:25.:44:31.

those key points. A little bit slower! I am out of a job now.

:44:31.:44:34.

Great stink he mentioned, you forget the history of the Thames,

:44:34.:44:40.

what it used to be like. Yes, if we had smelly vision, everyone would

:44:40.:44:44.

be burying their heads in handkerchiefs, which is what the

:44:44.:44:50.

MPs had to do back in 1858, because the Thames was basically a

:44:50.:44:54.

silhouette for a lot of history. It was where all the cesspits would

:44:54.:45:00.

flow into the Thames. The smells were absolutely horrendous. People

:45:00.:45:05.

were tipping their sheets in chlorine. The MPs tried dipping the

:45:05.:45:09.

curtains into lime and chloride to hang them at the windows to get rid

:45:09.:45:14.

of the stench. But they can procrastinate sometimes, but the

:45:14.:45:21.

things did get them moving his smells! When the smell came in the

:45:21.:45:26.

heat of the summer in 1858, Disraeli, the Chancellor, went into

:45:26.:45:30.

the library at Parliament and just had to run out with a handkerchief,

:45:30.:45:34.

it was awful, so they decided that action had to be taken, and the

:45:34.:45:44.
:45:44.:45:45.

And that is when the Thames - because it was twice as wide as

:45:45.:45:51.

this and swallower as well. Then the enbankments came in with the

:45:51.:45:57.

sewer system, so the Thames completely, as you said, got

:45:57.:46:02.

narrower. We have this much narrower spectacle than we would

:46:02.:46:08.

have in the 1700s. During the winter time this place was just

:46:08.:46:13.

magical. Think of the Frost Fairs. Some of the best stories in the

:46:13.:46:18.

world. Imagine the Thames frozen over, so everybody could get on the

:46:18.:46:25.

Thames, buy things. Shops were set up, bars, skating, rides, even,

:46:25.:46:30.

even, in the last frost fair in 1814, would you believe this an

:46:30.:46:37.

elephant crossed the Thames. Never! It was really that thick. Shops

:46:37.:46:46.

were set up as if it was normal thoroughfares. People would have

:46:46.:46:52.

certificates saying "I was on the Thames when it was frozen." It does

:46:52.:46:57.

not freeze any more. No ice. Let's go back to Paul, who will tell us

:46:57.:47:02.

what is happening on the river. We will see the finale of all of this

:47:02.:47:07.

quite soon, when the London Philharmonic Orchestra arrives at

:47:07.:47:11.

Tower Bridge - the big final barge. That is what we're waiting for out

:47:11.:47:16.

here. It is tempting not to wave at all these wonderful barges. They

:47:16.:47:21.

are coming up, slowly, but surely. When they get here that is when you

:47:21.:47:31.
:47:31.:47:32.

Thank you very much. We all enjoyed watching Horrible Histories here in

:47:32.:47:36.

our commentary position. Jolly good fun, it was. We have narrow boats

:47:36.:47:43.

and barges. We have 43 narrow boats, 40 barges out there. Some of these

:47:43.:47:48.

are special. Narrow boats are remarkable things. It is easy to

:47:48.:47:52.

imagine, how do you make a narrow boat. In the olden days, long and

:47:52.:47:56.

saw them off to length. It is not like that at all. Look at that bow,

:47:56.:48:00.

look at that closely, the artwork and the careful way it is swept up

:48:00.:48:04.

at the front. That is just so beautiful. That is what it was all

:48:04.:48:10.

about, the whole folk art developed around these boats. You can see it

:48:10.:48:16.

on the roof of this one. It would be quite normal to see a

:48:16.:48:19.

few little plant pots and stuff up there, people enjoy them. These are

:48:19.:48:24.

for the fields and by-ways, but they carried the commerce of the

:48:24.:48:31.

land for centuries. They are going past, or underneath

:48:31.:48:36.

Tower Bridge and past the Royal Family in HMS President. Very soon

:48:36.:48:40.

we shall see the first of the up- river passenger boats and the

:48:40.:48:45.

clippers. That one has come from Merseyside,

:48:45.:48:50.

by the look of it. It is a lovely vessel. It looks like a working

:48:50.:48:54.

vessel. You can tell the working ones. They've got a rough look

:48:54.:49:04.
:49:04.:49:09.

about them. There's guts there. The one in the background there,

:49:09.:49:14.

the one with the steam engine is certainly a working vessel.

:49:14.:49:22.

The whole of her hull is clothed in black canvass to keep the cargo dry.

:49:22.:49:26.

These are the first of the barges coming along. Many of these would

:49:26.:49:29.

have been working barges in their day. People take them over and they

:49:29.:49:39.
:49:39.:49:40.

live on them. I have to confess, unlike Tom, I am

:49:40.:49:46.

not an expert. I will tell you the Elizabeth we saw a few moments ago

:49:46.:49:49.

may look like a classical Belgium spit, but she is British through

:49:50.:49:56.

and through and the hull was constructed in 2004 and abandoned

:49:56.:50:02.

near Nottingham and bought by her owners in 2010, who have now made

:50:02.:50:06.

her sea worthy. She sailed down these coasts to the Thames, where

:50:06.:50:11.

they are now in the final stages of her renovation. They look good to

:50:11.:50:21.
:50:21.:50:28.

The Neeltje, that is a classic Dutchman. If she has not been

:50:28.:50:35.

working, she looks like one. She has that lovely Dutch curve. The

:50:35.:50:45.
:50:45.:50:56.

And the duch are -- Dutch are famous for their canal system too.

:50:56.:51:03.

Ours are well looked after, aren't they. There is a authority which do

:51:03.:51:07.

a fantastic job. They do pretty well, but the Dutch are still

:51:07.:51:11.

commercial, of course. They are maintained to a very, very high

:51:11.:51:15.

standard indeed. When you go down a Dutch one in your boat you know how

:51:15.:51:19.

deep it will be. It tells you on the chart and that is how deep. If

:51:19.:51:28.

it says two metres and you draw 1.9, you will be all right. Not quite

:51:28.:51:32.

like that here. The culture on the canals is very strong. There are

:51:32.:51:40.

some wonderful characters. always terrifys me watching one of

:51:40.:51:46.

these vessels and, you know, they have to go around some tight bends,

:51:46.:51:49.

especially ones in city centres. You have this system in Birmingham

:51:49.:51:52.

and Manchester, of course. There are some tight turns there. You

:51:52.:51:57.

have to be a bit of an expert to see them absolutely perfectly.

:51:57.:52:01.

the old days they were pulled by horses, so it was not much of a

:52:01.:52:05.

problem. You could drag them around. Now they are propelled by a

:52:05.:52:09.

propeller, which is at the back. Crow cannot always get them around

:52:09.:52:16.

the corn -- you cannot always get them around the corners.

:52:16.:52:25.

Maxine is passing by now. She's owned by Paul Weston and another

:52:25.:52:33.

new comer, she is permanently moored at Heritage Wharf. They have

:52:33.:52:43.
:52:43.:53:22.

got to know the place well and they The sights and sound of the River

:53:22.:53:28.

Thames. We're not going to see anything like this again in most of

:53:28.:53:34.

our lifetimes. High spirits, we hope, from all of

:53:34.:53:39.

the Royal Party. Certainly first prize for stamina

:53:39.:53:49.
:53:49.:54:11.

There's Tenacious, just on the right-hand side. Yes a large

:54:11.:54:16.

sailing ship, you can see there, is owned by, I believe by the Jubilee

:54:16.:54:22.

Trust. She is specially rigged so she can be sailed by disabled

:54:22.:54:28.

people. Her crew are small permanent, and the volunteers are

:54:28.:54:31.

half-abled people and half disabled. It's a remarkable achievement they

:54:31.:54:39.

manage to do this. The technicallys are -- technicalities are

:54:39.:54:43.

fascinating. I was on board a couple of weeks ago and it was an

:54:43.:54:53.
:54:53.:55:16.

Well, the last two sections coming past now. The last two or three

:55:16.:55:22.

music barges and the passenger boats are coming past, so not long

:55:22.:55:28.

to go. It is still going. I cannot tell you, the rain coming down here

:55:28.:55:32.

is extraordinary. Just further down river from here is Sian Williams,

:55:32.:55:42.
:55:42.:55:44.

on Tower Bridge, with Dan. It is coming down in bucket s here.

:55:45.:55:48.

I am joined by Dan to tell us about the changing face of the Thames.

:55:48.:55:54.

Over the years it has changed substantially. Tremendously. The

:55:54.:55:58.

great Port of London, a place of trade and commerce, but now a place

:55:58.:56:04.

where people live and offices. If you think, down there, the South

:56:04.:56:08.

Bank, Festival of Britain, 1951, that came when the river was still

:56:08.:56:12.

a place of commerce and trade. Bomb damage. The great festival took

:56:12.:56:18.

place. That transformed that area in the 1950s. Now the arts centre -

:56:19.:56:23.

that is wonderful. It is a new mark of the Thames, I suppose of the

:56:23.:56:28.

arts. It is a place of entertainment. The London Eye is

:56:28.:56:34.

turning around. Come up further, towards us here in the east - St

:56:34.:56:40.

Paul's, an ancient mark of the old history. 17th century, a place of

:56:40.:56:48.

trade and commerce. Think of the Tate Modern, and the power station,

:56:48.:56:52.

marking the trade and industrial aspect of London and here, where we

:56:52.:56:55.

are standing now, it was transformed again. The ancient Port

:56:55.:57:00.

of London over there, the Port of London, for 2,000 years a place of

:57:00.:57:05.

trade. Now that is entertainment again. High living, high rise and

:57:05.:57:10.

behind you is the tallest building in Europe, disappearing into the

:57:10.:57:14.

clouds now. Normally you would see the top of the Shard because it's

:57:14.:57:21.

what just over 300 metres high? 1,000 feet. An incredible structure,

:57:21.:57:26.

now dwarfed by the clouds. That symbolises the different nature of

:57:26.:57:31.

buildings around the Thames. Started as industry, and now high-

:57:31.:57:38.

rise living and high commerce and banking towers. Amazing! The Shard

:57:38.:57:47.

was designed to look like a sail going down the Thames? Partly to

:57:47.:57:53.

evoke the Thames in the time of Canaletto. And a strange image of a

:57:53.:57:59.

shard of glass. Do you like it? Artisticly. I think it is a strange

:57:59.:58:04.

building to create at this moment. When you think of sustainability

:58:04.:58:09.

and so forth, a great shard of glass will not be the easiest

:58:09.:58:14.

building to maintain. You think it fits with everything? This skyline

:58:14.:58:20.

has had so many different bits of architecture nestled up among one

:58:20.:58:26.

and other. That is London, always absorbing and creating. The tallest

:58:26.:58:29.

building in Europe is very appropriate for London.

:58:29.:58:33.

Thank you very much. I don't know where everybody has gone, to be

:58:33.:58:37.

honest. Nobody is here any more because the rain is just pelting

:58:37.:58:42.

down. We're enjoying ourselves, aren't we? We are.

:58:42.:58:51.

Rain on us, go on... Rain on us. We are still here and so is the Queen.

:58:51.:58:59.

Hollywood has just zipped past us. Earlier we lost Alex Jones. Can we

:58:59.:59:03.

go back to her? Do you know what, I think we lost

:59:03.:59:07.

you when we went underneath Waterloo Bridge. Even though it is

:59:07.:59:12.

lashing it down. Here on Hollywood, we laugh in the face of rain. Yes,

:59:12.:59:21.

we do. Now Angela has been very kind and fed us all afternoon some

:59:21.:59:28.

lovely food. We've had fantastic quails Scottish eggs, wrapped in

:59:29.:59:33.

thyme, finished with rock salt and pepper. We will pass them to the

:59:33.:59:38.

guys now. A little bit damp now. It doesn't matter. Here we had my

:59:38.:59:44.

version of a coronation salad, with salted almonds, smoked chicken,

:59:44.:59:54.
:59:54.:59:55.

vegetables and an apple vein gret. We have some of these, and just

:59:55.:00:05.
:00:05.:00:10.

Alex, I know you have been waiting, we have some love -- lovely

:00:10.:00:18.

Over here we have Christopher. He's been bamboozling us with Thames

:00:18.:00:21.

facts all afternoon. We thought we'd set you a challenge and give

:00:21.:00:25.

you 20 seconds to give us facts about where we are right now. Sarah,

:00:25.:00:30.

our new friend, with a spot watch and bell can count how many facts

:00:30.:00:33.

Christopher delivers. Three, two, one, off you go. Under London

:00:33.:00:37.

Bridge just now, the first place in the world where it was made

:00:37.:00:44.

compulsory to drive on the left. Suthack ka reed cal is the oldest

:00:44.:00:49.

gothic church in London -- cathedral. We are about to go past

:00:49.:00:53.

the Tower of London, the first bridge to be latrineed and we are

:00:53.:01:00.

about to go under Tower Bridge which in 19 52. Stop! How many

:01:00.:01:06.

facts? Five. You have been fantastic all afternoon. We are

:01:06.:01:10.

having a party despite the rain. Back to you in your warm dry studio

:01:10.:01:20.
:01:20.:01:29.

and Matt, see you tomorrow. Have We are getting towards the end of

:01:29.:01:35.

the pageant now. These are the passenger boats. They are passing

:01:35.:01:40.

through Tower Bridge on the way to the dispersal area. There's about

:01:40.:01:49.

40 passenger boats all together. Some stately passenger cruisers too.

:01:49.:01:54.

And they're going to be very, very busy, of course, in 53 days' time I

:01:54.:01:57.

think we worked out when the Olympics start. It's going to be

:01:57.:02:05.

quite a raut to some of the Olympic venues -- route. And at Greenwich

:02:05.:02:12.

and what was the 02 Arena is now the North Greenwich Arena and into

:02:12.:02:19.

the City of London too. Despite the rain - well we are British! Despite

:02:19.:02:23.

the rain, we like a little bit of dampness. I have to say, one or two

:02:23.:02:29.

people are a little bit more than just being a bit damp, but they're

:02:29.:02:37.

sticking with it in tribute, of course, to this wonderful Diamond

:02:37.:02:42.

Jubilee and of course the Queen. Lovely to see in the background the

:02:43.:02:47.

launch with the paddles. She's disappeared now, but cutting

:02:47.:02:57.
:02:57.:03:05.

through the water so sweetly, the Very shortly, we'll be getting to

:03:05.:03:12.

the point where, as Sian said, we'll be seeing the London

:03:12.:03:15.

Philharmonic Orchestra. It's remarkable seeing these Clippers

:03:15.:03:20.

coming up the river, the catamarans coming up the riv. Shows you how

:03:20.:03:29.

far things have developed from the long slender boats of yesteryear.

:03:29.:03:35.

That's where all the cookery was going on with Alex Jones on The

:03:35.:03:38.

Hollywood there. Despite the fact that it's raining hard, everybody

:03:38.:03:45.

on the City Cruises ship behind, out on the top deck, they're a

:03:45.:03:49.

leading provider of river boats in the UK, have quite a number of

:03:49.:03:54.

vessels, and one of two in this pageant too. But everybody's out

:03:54.:04:01.

there enjoying the atmosphere. Her Majesty is having a bit of a

:04:01.:04:11.
:04:11.:04:24.

chuckle there. And very shortly, the London tp Philharmonic will be

:04:24.:04:30.

playing a very famous tune by Holst. It will be playing Jupiter, an

:04:30.:04:34.

excerpt from the Planet Suite as we have what has been loosely

:04:34.:04:44.
:04:44.:04:47.

described as our wow moment of the And just having been told about the

:04:47.:04:52.

wow moment, it's just been mentioned in my head phones that in

:04:52.:04:55.

fact the wow moment may be cancelled because of the weather

:04:55.:05:00.

but I'm sure you can totally understand that.

:05:00.:05:04.

Tell you what, I could tell you what it was going to be and you

:05:04.:05:09.

could just imagine the rest. We were going to see a sword fish by

:05:09.:05:14.

plane weren't we? Yes, and a lot of people were looking forward to that.

:05:14.:05:24.
:05:24.:05:24.

A big moment for me. We still have the London

:05:24.:05:29.

Philharmonic. There was also, from various squadrons throughout the UK,

:05:29.:05:34.

in diamond formation, nine helicopters were going to fly over

:05:34.:05:37.

as well in tribute to the Queen but that has gone as well. Once again,

:05:37.:05:41.

I'm sure you will be able to understand precisely the reasons

:05:41.:05:51.
:05:51.:06:05.

The passenger boats, Tom, are coming thick and fast. They've had

:06:05.:06:12.

to wait a long time but they're there. Not too far out of time.

:06:12.:06:16.

are a little bit over time at the minute, but I think the organisers

:06:16.:06:20.

can give themselves a pat on the back really. Yes, not much at all.

:06:20.:06:25.

I could name one or two professionals who said they would

:06:25.:06:28.

be at least an hour late at this stage but look at what they've

:06:28.:06:34.

done! Fantastic. Well done to the PLA and the organisers actually for

:06:34.:06:44.
:06:44.:06:48.

So many servicemen we have seen today, so many former servicemen.

:06:48.:06:53.

Rights from the moment when the Royal party began to make their way

:06:53.:06:59.

down to Cadogan Pier with the Chelsea Pensioners, all the way up

:06:59.:07:05.

to HMS President and HMS Belfast too. As well as everybody on the

:07:05.:07:13.

riv of course, let's not forget them. When I was just dog a bit of

:07:13.:07:17.

research leading into this, I was reading about an event that takes

:07:17.:07:21.

place down in Sydney in Australia. Of course, they would love to know

:07:21.:07:25.

that they do something bigger and better than we do, but they have

:07:25.:07:28.

something like 5,000 boats in one of their parades down there. They

:07:28.:07:33.

do, but they don't have to do it on the Thames River do they in the

:07:33.:07:38.

pouring rain. They have a different set of issues, but it's interesting

:07:38.:07:42.

seeing these passenger craft coming up because a number of the older

:07:42.:07:45.

ones were Dunkirk little ships and they've actually stayed with the

:07:45.:07:49.

passenger fleet, rather than go with the Dunkirk little ships which

:07:49.:07:52.

is lovely. They make perfect vessels for getting in amongst it

:07:52.:07:56.

on the beaches there because they don't draw water. They could cram a

:07:56.:07:59.

lot of troops on board. They withstood the dive bombers and

:07:59.:08:09.
:08:09.:08:30.

shell fire and now here they are in In just a moment, one of the

:08:30.:08:34.

Pleasure craft that will pass by the Royal party is called Queen

:08:34.:08:44.

Elizabeth which was built in 1926. It was charted on this day by the

:08:44.:08:49.

Royal Overseas League of Which the Queen is the patron, so that's most

:08:49.:08:59.
:08:59.:09:15.

I don't think there's any doubt about it at all, the Royal Barge

:09:15.:09:22.

has been an absolute smash hit here today with spectators and those

:09:22.:09:28.

people who've been on board too. It looks stunning. They had to be very

:09:28.:09:32.

careful because she looks very high compared with a lot of the other

:09:32.:09:36.

vessels and what is called air draft, that's how high the boat is

:09:36.:09:39.

in terms of metres, is very significant on the Thames because

:09:39.:09:44.

of some of the low bridges. It could almost have been touch-and-go

:09:44.:09:49.

whether the Royal Barge got under but kfs very carefully calculated.

:09:49.:09:55.

I think one of the reasons why the barrier was closed, another plus of

:09:55.:09:58.

closing it was that they could control the height of water as well

:09:58.:10:02.

as the depth of water the vessels had to float in so it worked out

:10:02.:10:08.

well for the Royal Barge. Certainly the pageant Master and all the

:10:08.:10:12.

partners in the Organisation of This fantastic event have left

:10:12.:10:16.

nothing to chance, have they? Nothing at all. I've been privy to

:10:16.:10:21.

most of the paperwork that's involved and it's absolutely

:10:21.:10:24.

unbelievable. Never seen anything like it in my life and I can see

:10:24.:10:27.

why it's worked out so well and they really deserve that it should

:10:27.:10:31.

have worked out well because it's not been, there's been nothing half

:10:31.:10:36.

baked about this. You see the Royal weddings on land and think, how on

:10:36.:10:39.

earth do they organise all that, yet organising something on the

:10:39.:10:42.

water in many ways is more difficult just because of the

:10:42.:10:45.

nature of the beast, the water drifts about in all directions and

:10:45.:10:49.

nothing can control the weather which controls the vessels.

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Fantastic. One of the spectators who has a real connection to the

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navy and everything nautical pretty much is the Lord High Admiral, the

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Duke of Edinburgh. He celebrated his 90th birthday last year. I

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sincerely hope he's in good health now. Joined the Royal Navy as a

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cadet. We have seen many cadets here today graduating way back in

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1939 from the Royal naval College down in Dartmouth. He was in fact

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the best cadet on his course. He's been standing there for 90 minutes

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now and he's straight as a ram rod and I just saw him enjoy a joke

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with his wife. Later on in his career he was promoted to Commander

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to HMS Frigate Magistrate pyre. His career eventually came to an end on

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More happy spectators, as well as participants. As this historic day

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draws to a close on the River Thames, which is described by some

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as the spine of London, it's worth reflecting that this City is one of

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the most iconic, historic and powerful cities in the world, but

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it's provided the perfect backdrop, minus the weather of course, but

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it's provided the perfect backdrop, the perfect setting for these

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Diamond Jubilee settings in celebration of our Queen. What a

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Well, commander Ian Clark and Steven Prince join us now in the

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studio, so, as Royal Navy Commanding officer, it's been your

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sailors that have been kind of floating along sued the Queen all

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the way up here? That's right -- alongside. HMS Diamond is the

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navy's newest operational ship and some of my sailors have been the

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Royal guard at honour, the protection around the barge and

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it's been a great chance for them to be involved in a fantastic event

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on this. How have you thought the event has gone so far today?

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think it's gone off wonderfully and the great thing about the maritime

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community is they are not dampened by the weather. By comparison if

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you look back to the Coronation or Silver Jubilee, this is much larger,

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perhaps only 150 or 200 vessels for those and very, very inclusive.

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are getting towards the end now, we are getting the London Philharmonic

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Orchestra who're just on their way up to Tower Bridge, the last of the

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passenger boats. When they arrive, explain what will happen?

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Once they arrive, we have the Sword Fish Aircraft plan to overfly and

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the formation... It's a bit like a swan this whole thing, the Queen is

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graceful and lovely, then everything's paddling away

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underneath and we think the flypast has been cancelled. Would cloud

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cover be the reasons for that? It's a shame because we had a

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diamond-shaped formation flypast with Merlyn aircraft, some of which

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are deploying next week to the Middle East, youngly Sea King and

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three of the links helicopters that we fly off the Frigates and

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Destroyers. The Queen will get to HMS President where she'll meat a

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range of sailors there and the Royal Guard. What an honour for

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everybody who's been involved today? Fantastic and good to see a

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maritime event at the heart of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A shame we

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won't get the wow moment but they've trained long and hard for

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it. Too bad, the weather got the better of us on that one. Thank you

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We are not going to have our wow moment here this afternoon. You

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have to think back to the immense effort that's been put into this

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day. The last moment, the final moment, only to be spoilt by the

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weather. As we mentioned earlier, we were due to see the London

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Philharmonic Orchestra, who will still pass by the Royal Barge, with

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their 64 players. And they will Every one of those boats trying to

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send their own signal to the Royal Party. They head off past the

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Avenue of Sail which, I guess, has been slightly overshadowed. You can

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understand why. What a magnificent We just saw Royalty. That was built

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in 1913. Also registered as a historical ship, too, as many on

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the boats on the River Thames this The RNLI, who are well-known all

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over the country because of their presence on every coastal region of

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the country. And in Ireland, too. They have looked after everybody on

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There is certainly nothing dampening the spirits of everybody

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who has taken part in this day. It has certainly been an historic day.

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It will take something to duplicate What a shame, just thinking back to

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a week ago when everybody was walking around in shorts and T-

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shirts. Still incredible sounds coming from the vicinity of the

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River Thames. I mentioned earlier we've got Tom sitting next to me.

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You are itching to get down on the river, aren't you, as your

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favourite environment is being on the water? It's been a bit strange

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being up here in the box, Paul. Looking at the boys down there, yes.

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That is the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been playing

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non-stop since Cadogan Pier. They have covered UK themes. They have

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covered very famous tunes - Nimrod. That is associated with the

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military. As well as Fantasia on Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance,

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Henry V and a little ditty called The Pad doe Life -- the Padstow

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Lifeboat. And the James Bond theme. She rejoiced in the name of Shaken

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The glass-fronted vessel Symphony, hosting the musicians from the

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We saw a brief glimpse of the orchestra there. Please don't think

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that we switched them off deliberately. You can imagine, with

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the rain, the way it is, there are a few technical problems. We have a

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wonderful crew here looking after us. And there's some very brave

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people on top of that craft. Exposed to the elements, they are,

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but it didn't dim their enthusiasm # Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of

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the Free, # How shall we ex-xtol thee, who

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are born of thee? -- extol thee, who are born of thee?

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# Wider still, and wider, # Shall thy bounds be set

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# God, who made thee mighty # Make thee mightier yet!

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# God, who made thee mighty, make I hope they get a thunderous round

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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of applause because they do deserve # Land of Hope and Glory

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# Mother of the Free # How shall we extol thee

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# Who are born of thee? # Wider still, and wider, shall thy

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bounds be set # God, who made thee mighty, make

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thee mightier yet! # God, who made thee mighty, make

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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One of the gentleman on The Spirit of Chartwell slinking into the

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background, really. The chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee

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Foundation. He has done an enormous amount of work to get this pageant

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up and running and then to completion. A nice little side

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comment was that he was the great- great-grandson of the current Lord

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Salisbury who was Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria's

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Diamond Jubilee. Certainly, that moment from the orchestra and the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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singers, a mildly eccentric moment, As you can see, things have come to

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an end, but the salute to Queen It's hard to say, hard to imagine

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that things can go back to normal after this. It's been such an

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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The Queen about to leave HMS President. Still smiling. I hope

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she's had a fabulous day. Still a lot to look forward to just outside

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of Buckingham Palace, this amazing stage that has been built bringing

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a host of international stars to London for a live concert tomorrow.

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Then, of course, on Tuesday the service of Thanksgiving taking

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Not only is this a way of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, I

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think from a personal perspective it's a way of saying to the Queen,

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Well, this certainly has been a day that will live long in my memory,

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just in terms of the preparation and the preparation to get this

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pageant right that has been going on for years. I think despite the

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weather, they got it right and it will be something that the

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population of this great City and the rest of the country and

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worldwide will remember for many What a finale to the most memorable

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of days. Extraordinary. We are just opposite Belfast and the studio

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lifted didn't it? It did. Absolutely.

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Anna we have just seen a bit of history being made there, haven't

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we? Absolutely and 60 years on, the Queen's pledged herself again to

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her people. She stood up the whole way through which says everything

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and in this long conversation that's been going on for centuries

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between the Royalty and the public, it's been cathartic the way it's

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been played out between the monarchy and us today. The Queen

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with step down from the barge feeling like another day, you know,

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job well done and she's been on her feet the whole way through. Indeed.

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Thank you for joining us all the way through as well. Who cares what

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happens with the weather, long may she reign that,'s what I say.

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Thanks Anna and thanks so much to our Team of reporters and the many

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guests who've joined us this afternoon as well as part of our

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coverage on the BBC. Now back to Huw who's getting ready for the

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next installment. The concert tomorrow evening will take place

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right outside Her Majesty's front door at Buckingham Palace. It's set

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to be a star-studded show. Thank you to everyone who joined us today

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for the spectacular if a little soggy event on the River Thames,

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but do enjoy the rest of your extended Bank Holiday. Bye-bye.

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Matt and Sophie and Paul as well with all that commentary to do,

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thank you very much. I'm going to let you into a secret OK, as

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someone brought up in South Wales, I know all about rain, OK. I'm an

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expert on rain, I'll even say to you and I hope it doesn't annoy

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anyone, I kind of love the rain, but even in my book, today has been

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a little on the extreme side. Let's not pretend, it has got in the way

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a bit. I should say as well, letting you into a little secret,

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when you have got cameras and sound cables and all the rest of it out

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right across London in this kind of rain and in these extreme

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conditions, it's a miracle, honestly, to keep it going, so to

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all of our Teams out there, I want to say a big thank you.

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The other thing I want to say is this - we have got lots of very

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memorable images of today. I know that some of them are a bit wet. We

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started off what, four-and-a-half hours ago, looking at that

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magnificent Canaletto image and I've been trying to match up some

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of the images as we have gone through the afternoon. Let's have a

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look at one of them, because this kind of does convey, before all

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that awful rain came, the kind of scene and the expanse of the Thames,

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if you like, the broad stretch of the Thames with this criss-crossing

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of boats of all sorts of shapes and sizes, colourful flags, a great

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sense of celebration and style with the Gloriana, the row boat there

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leading the way. That's a great scene and for me, the one that

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matches the Canaletto. Yes, of course, the weather started well

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pretty benignly I think. We were all thinking that at this stage

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we'd be relatively dry. Suddenly, the gusts of wind started to arrive

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and then the camera lenses told their own story with big drops of

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water telling us that frankly the rain was here to stay.

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Other memorable images for me today were clearly the moment when Tower

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Bridge rose in salute, it opened. It was a very dramatic moment. For

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people in London, they are used to this scene, but to see it today as

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the pageant took place was a special moment. That was when the

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And one of the really happy scenes during the pageant today, the Queen

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really taking it all in and clearly enjoying the event again before the

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driving rain came in. But it was a great start to the pageant at that

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time when things just moved off very elegantly and again just to

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pay tribute to those who arranged this pageant today, a lot of hard

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work went into it, a lot of detail. So to Adrian Evans and husband tame

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who put in two years of work, I have to say, they never wanted

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these conditions clearly, but they really did perform miracles to get

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it all to work. Yes, tomorrow, a host of stars from

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all over the world will be performing right here, Matt and

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Sophie mentioned it. There's the stage. I hope you can see it in all

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the kind of mist and haze of the rain, but a very clever stage

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constructed around the Queen Victoria Memorial. That is going to

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be THE performance area tomorrow evening, a great backdrop of

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Buckingham Palace, 10,000 people who've enjoyed a picnic beforehand

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watching it in the stands. Why don't I give you a taste of what's

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to come? Take a lack at this. There's an intriguing thought isn't

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it. Will we see Prince Harry on the tambourine on that stage tomorrow

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night? I don't know, but Gary Barlow, the creative director of

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all of it, we saw a glimpse of Gary there, has been keeping that secret

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and tells us we'll have to see whether Prince Harry is one of the

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performers. I listed some others earlier on. It's a galaxy of stars.

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I mentioned Gary Barlow. 7.30 tonight, his documentary on Her

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Majesty's Service. That's Gary basically travelling around the

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world and looking for talent for that new Jubilee single which is

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called Sing. That's the story coming up this evening on BBC One.

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Don't miss that, it's a tale really well told. Of course, tomorrow,

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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.