June 4, 2012

A Royal River of Red, Blue & White: The Diamond Jubilee

Nothing spells London more than the Queen, Union Jack and Tower Bridge overlooking the Thames. And for anyone visiting the capital city this past weekend, all 3 iconic images were in abundance. The Thames turned into a sea of red, white and blue as spectators thronged the riverbank on Day 2 of the Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations. 

From left to right, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry watched proceedings from the Royal barge. Photo: Daily Mail
On a most British of days - right down to the weather - more than 1.2 million people lined the Thames yesterday on Sunday 3 June 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 year-reign. Well-wishers from around the world flocked to London to witness the weekend’s celebrations. A 1000-strong flotilla, including the Queen & Royal family on the royal barge, passed under Tower Bridge and completed a tour of the river in what has been called the greatest show on the Thames in over 350 years. 

The view from the London Eye: Crowds pack Westminster Bridge as the royal barge and escort passes the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Daily Mail

Anchors aweigh: The manpowered section of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant headed along the River Thames to Tower Bridge, London. Photo: Daily Mail

As the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper put it “Not since 1662, when Charles II introduced his Queen, Catherine of Braganza, to the nation with a spectacular river pageant, have so many boats processed down the Thames with such unashamed patriotism”. Guinness World Records also announced that the royal river pageant set a new world record for the largest parade of boats.
A flotilla of manpowered craft rows past St Paul's Cathedral in a 1747 painting, by Venetian artist Canaletto entitled "London”. The skyline may have changed since then, but the latest pageant is still a striking image. Photo: Daily Mail

Has all the pageantry (and no one does celebrations quite like the British) got you in the mood for some  more royal pomp & ceremony, the Olympics or even just some legendary fish and chips? Chat to your Sure Travel consultant about flights, packages and planning your holiday to London. Visit our website http://www.suretravel.co.za/contact.aspx to find a Sure Travel agency near you.

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