For All the Queens and Queen-lovers Amongst You
Right now, more than 1000 boats are forming part of a pageant to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne.
You can also visit the BBC’s news site to see the changing faces of the Queen during her reign.
The banks of the river Thames are currently packed with people hoping to catch sight of The Queen as she passes, to enjoy the sight of such a huge collection of boats, and to generally enjoy the atmosphere of celebration. Some avid monarchists even camped out over night to ensure they had a prime spot along the riverbanks.
The ‘flotilla’ of boats will pass under 14 road/foot/rail bridges on its journey down about 4 miles of the river, with the Queen and other members of the royal family aboard the Royal Barge, [over?] decorated for the occassion. The procession will culminate at the iconic Tower Bridge where the bridge’s bascules will be raised in salute.
For those of you less excited about the Jubilee celebrations, you might be more interested to note the anti-monarchy protests that are also happening by Tower Bridge. Chants of “we want democracy” are being met by boos from the royalists nearby.
Either way, I’m just happy to have an extra day off work on Tuesday and will be thoroughly enjoying this 4 day weekend that it has awarded us!
To find out more about the pageant, visit the official website. Otherwise, those of you in the UK, tune in to BBC1 right now to watch the procession live.