By most accounts of the press, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee boat pageant was a near flawless success, apart from the bit of rain (that may or may not have added to the “British-ness” of the festivities). About a million of us Londoners gathered on the wet pavements along the Thames to watch 1,000 impressive, decorated boats, including the Spirit of Chartwell that carried the Queen down the river just past Tower Bridge which opened ceremoniously as her vessel passed.
We arrived early (or what we thought was early, quite a few hours before the boats were meant to begin their journey down the Thames) but didn’t manage to get a viewing spot, so we settled on people watching whilst we waited and stood near a screen playing back scenes from the Queen’s history on the throne. Eventually, it got too crowded to see the screen and there was definitely no chance of glimpsing the boats, so we walked our wet feet back to the flat and watched the full live BBC coverage with a warm blanket and a cup of tea. Definitely a wise decision.
Of course, that means no boat pictures but plenty of people (and by the looks of some of their faces, they’d probably have been happier watching it at home on the BBC as well, though I’m sure they cheered up once the excitement kicked off.) By the way people are dressed, you would never guess is it actually June…great fun watching everyone make an effort and get out there despite the weather. Here’s a handful:
Did you get to see the boats then? If you got any good shots, add them to the Flickr pool, and I will share. Enjoy your second bank holiday if you’re off today! (and enjoy it extra for me because I’m not…)