I’ve said it before that no one does pomp and ceremony like the British and this was true again yesterday as the Diamond Jubilee Pageant processed down the River Thames.
This was a most splendiferous occasion and I was fortunate to be a part of it, as I was on board one of the vessels in the Pageant.
This is certainly the largest theatrical event I imagine I’ll ever be a part of. Thankfully all my “part” required was for me to eat, drink, and wave a flag! 1000 boats, 7 miles long and with around 1 million people watching live on the banks of the Thames, and millions more watching around the world it was truly spectacular. I was fortunate that I could recline on a comfy clipper seat for most of the event, Her Majesty stood for the entire event, she’s an amazing woman.
We were especially fortunate as the Clipper fleet brought up the rear of the Pageant, so we watched the entire 7 miles worth of boats go past us first.
The campanologists ringing their bells at the vanguard was a great way to start the event, and theatrical leading man John Barrowman was onboard, and seemed to be having a whale of a time.
This boat (fear not I’m not going to talk about EVERY boat in the Pageant!) was followed by the new ornate Gloriana as the medal winning rowers came past, I was glad I was on board a jet propulsion vessel.
I’m a Governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and I’m in awe of what their brave men and women do to save lives at sea. So it was especially satisfying to see them at work assisting with the Pageant, but also to see some of their historic boats as part of the Pageant, most notably their brand new Lifeboat design the Tamar Class, they’ve named the first of these rightly The Diamond Jubilee and HRH the Duke of Kent was on board this one.
Other highlights and sights follow:
My thanks to KPMG for allowing me to be a part of this historic and special event, kudos to the organisers who pulled this altogether without a single hitch, their three years of planning and preparation paid off. Truly an event and day I’ll remember forever.
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.