Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Her Diamond Jubilee with Lavish Flotilla Down The Thames (PHOTOS)
On Sunday, loyal Brits flooded the streets of London for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen, 86, ascended the throne in 1953 and is one of the two British monarchs to have ever celebrated the Diamond Jubilee in her lifetime.
Wearing a silver dress, ivory dress coat, and a hat by Angela Kelly and Buckingham Palace’s in-house team, the Queen waved to adoring onlookers aboard the 210-ft. Spirit of Chartwell royal barge, which was decorated with 10,000 roses, carnations, sweet peas, and red charm peonies for the flotilla down the Thames River.
Who was included in her river pagent?
Aboard her boat was her husband Prince Philip, their the son and heir Prince Charles (in his Royal Navy Admiral’s ceremonial day dress uniform), his wife Camilla (in Anna Valentine dress and Philip Treacy hat), and the Queen’s grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry. William’s wife, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, was also on the barge wearing a scarlet Alexander McQueen creation.
Not far behind the Spirit of Chartwell was the Elizabethan. Aboard the paddle steamer were Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa and brother James.
The Havengore, which played host to Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, also trailed behind the Queen’s barge. The Earl and Countess of Wessex and some of Her Majesty’s cousins were also on board for the celebration.
The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, were close by riding on the Trinity House No. 1 Boat.
The flotilla took three hours to sail across its seven miles river route. The pageant itself included rowing boats with World War II veterans, politicians and some British celebrities. The London Philharmonic Orchestra played “Singing in the Rain” to accompany the boats’ journey down the river.
Quite the family affair if you ask us!
Check out more photos from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations above and below.