At last it’s here!
This coming weekend, on 3rd June, me and my BIG yellow kayak provided by FAS will be joining 999 other boats and around 20,000 people to take part in the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The Pageant to celebrate the 60 years that HM Queen Elizabeth II, is believed to be the biggest assembly of vessels on the River Thames ever!
The lead vessel will be a floating belfry with the bells ringing out to herald the approach of the procession and they will be answered and echoed by the riverbank churches along the route.
All in all, as well as the 1000 vessels of various types and ages, there will be ten music barges, including one carrying the brilliant Royal Marines Band, and the route will be lined with passengers boats, huge boats firing water geysers in to the air, party boats and a spectacular ‘avenue of sail’ being created by tall ships.
The Queen herself will be carried down the river on the impressive and glorious ‘Spirit of Chartwell’ and organisers are expecting millions of people to line the banks of the Thames to see Her Majesty celebrating her 60 year reign.
I’m really excited to be taking part and I feel extremely honoured to be a part of the celebrations – and I know one or two schools following the ‘Justin’s Journeys’ primary school initiative have been getting involved too!
Check out this brilliant Union Jack flag made out of paper boats by the kids in year six of Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School in Reading – and even better – they’ve even included my BIG yellow kayak!
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