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Jubilee organisers reveal boat tribute for the Queen

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Organisers of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Committee have revealed a pageant that will take place on the river Thames as part of a tribute of the Queens reign.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation will be organising the event which is led by Lord Salisbury, Chief Executive Michael Lockett and Adrian Evans who is the Pageant Master. Members of the foundation have been working hard to organise the flotilla down to the last detail.   

The pageant will feature 1,000 boats passing through the route that has been organised which runs from Putney to Tower Bridge and will take place during the bank holiday weekend on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

Boats to take part in the tribute will be rowing boats, historic, sailing, motorised, kayaks, canoes and herald boats will also take part along with belfries. Each boat will be decorated with flags and banners. Music will be playing for people on dry land who can also watch what is happening by large outdoor screens.

If people want to take part and include their boat in the flotilla they had to register their boat by the 31st October 2011, boats that have registered have now been chosen to be part of the iconic occasion. There will be the usual 35 passenger boats also taking part in the flotilla for which tickets can still be purchased from here.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family will be on board the Royal Barge named The Spirit of Chartwell. The boat has been specially designed for the pageant featuring luxury interior, comfort, safety and manoeuvrability. After the pageant it will resume its role as a cruising vessel of the Thames.

Lord Sailsbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation spoke about the celebrations saying: “Our aspirations for this wonderful tribute to The Queen are coming together very well. We are delighted that The Prince of Wales has agreed to be our Patron.

“This is a hugely ambitious project and it is gathering momentum day by day.”

The Diamond Jubilee will be watched by millions of people through live television and internet streaming of all the events taking place throughout the four day weekend. The first sighting of the Queen during the pageant is expected to be the most anticipated moment of the parade.

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By Amanda Bainbridge