We have a 4-day long weekend this week because the country is celebrating the Queen’s 60th year in the reign. During the 4-day celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there are events planned for each day. The Thames River Pageant was the main event on the 2nd day. Over 1,000 boats form one of the largest flotillas ever seen on the River Thames. Starting from the Albert Bridge near the Battersea Park, the flotillas…flow down the river, passed the Tower Bridge with its draw bridges fully lifted for the first time in decades.
We got us tickets to the Battersea Park for the River Pageant viewing. I got lazy in the morning and abandoned the Big Lunch that I was suppose to be having at the Canada House. O_O The River Pageant supposedly starts at 2pm (but it actually started late). We got there around 1:15pm.
The Union Jack flag was definitely the theme of the weekend. Even the Queen’s face was being worn by many.
The Battersea Park was not just a place for viewing; there was also the Diamond Jubilee Festival so there were rides, food stalls, concerts, etc.
The different places you could explore for the Diamond Jubilee Festival in the Battersea Park. Too bad the weather was pretty bad.. so we headed straight for the river when we got there and straight home after the Queen’s royal barge left the area. Didn’t check out the festival, in other words.
There were some news reporters and look what the reporter had to do for this street interview.
Viewing spots along the river was very limited so there were big screens set up along the river where people could watch the event in real time from these big screens.. Some people even brought tents! But I mean… if you’re just going to be staring at some screen, why don’t you just stay home? Isn’t it more comfortable? hmmm…
Along the river at the Battersea Park, it was literally walls of human.
We should’ve gotten one of these – this thing allows you to at least get a look at what’s happening above all the heads and across the river. A lot of people were holding this.
Look at all the people! If you’re in the 3rd or 4th “layer” (as in distance from the edge of the river), you’d probably not see much.
So some people even climbed on to lamp/flag posts or stood on flower fence.
From the big screen across the river, we could see the queen arriving. But actually, we didn’t see her arrive, we only realized that she was here and in our photo after we looked at the photos we took after the event.
Rain or shine, must cheer and wave the flag!
The British spirit under the British weather – you just can’t believe how many times the British weather (as a topic) came up in the broadcast.
The royal barge (in red and gold) was parked by the Albert Bridge on the other side of the river.
Countries and their fleet.
A band playing on a boat at the beginning. At the end of this flotilla, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays music on a super large barge. That was pretty impressive. But we didn’t stay long enough for that as we were so dead tired from waiting for hours before the royal barge finally went by.
Everyone raise your hand up! This is pretty much what I see from my eye level if I don’t do something about it. (yah.. literally I couldn’t see a thing!!)
Here’s the Queen in white and the Duchess of Cornwall. This is what we managed to capture with my D90 and max zoom without knowing where we were shooting exactly because we had to raise our camera high up in the air to not get obstructed by people’s heads, cameras, flags or hands.
Here’s the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) in red on the royal barge.
After hours of waiting in the super crowded place, the royal barge finally made its way down the river and it was time for us to head home because we were dead tired. Big thanks to my dearest for keeping my D90 up there for the river shots! You’re the best la!
Look at all the people… oh! & here’s “A Conversation Between Mr X and Mr Y” that someone found funny:
Mr X – 20 years old; Mr Y – 40 years old
Y: Argh… when is the queen’s jubilee boat going to come?? My Back is aching big time after standing for hours..
X: You really shouldn’t be complaining you know.. if you take a look at the gentleman next to us, he has 4 kids and each one of them is taking turns to climb onto his shoulder….
A sea of red, white and blue! The park was super crowded.
We passed by the big screen where hundreds of people were starring at it.
Watching the rest of the River Pageant at the comfort of home – that’s the way things should be!
The Diamond Jubilee Weekend (2nd-5th June, 2012)
Official Website: http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/