04 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Flotilla

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK


I will never forget yesterday

celebrating the Queen's 60 year reign
with one million spectators in London
observing the grand 1000 boat flotilla




It was a chilly rainy day
as it had been on Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Day in 1953




I loved seeing the colorful flags of the 54 Commonwealth nations




There had not been this number of boats on the River Thames in hundreds of years
It was quite a sight

During the event, the downstream Thames Barrier maintained the water level due to tides 
 (the world's second largest movable flood barrier)




The Queen wore white and stood during the entire pageant




Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla,
Prince William and Kate were also aboard
The Spirit Of Chartwell with the Queen




The event finished with fireworks at Tower Bridge

Although the military flyover was cancelled due to weather,
I think everyone felt it was an unforgettable, historic event
within the 4-day Jubilee celebration

Memory-making continues with the lighting of the beacons worldwide tonight

May your inner-beacon be shiny & bright today :)

- all photos by me -


In This Series:
Beacons For The Queen


35 comments:

Zosia said...

What a fun way to celebrate. Love the UJ umbrellas!

Daily Photo 2012 said...

You had such a fantastic view!! We were down by Vauxhall Bridge, and it was just packed. I didn't get to see much of it. So many more people than there were last year at the wedding. Can't wait for tomorrow though - Carriage procession, etc!

Emma said...

Wow! What a memorable event to actually have been at! Very envious! x

likeschocolate said...

Looking at the boat regatta yesterday or floatilla on reminded me of the paintings I saw in the National museum. So happy you were able to participate in the activities!!!

Pom Pom said...

How beautiful! I wish the CNN Student News would cover this so my students could see. It all sounds so "good people-y" and uniting. Thank you for the coverage, good blogger!

Sandra said...

Wasn't it all wonderful ? I watched from the comfort of my TV screen enjoying every bit of it! Thanks for these pictures as a lovely reminder of it all! Did you see the great programme with Gary Barlow preparing the Jubilee song with people from different counties? It's already on YouTube. Fantastic! I even sang Rule Britannia with the drenched singers!!! LOL!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It was so foggy and rainy at the end that I did feel like I was in a painting :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Oh, you are so sweet. It has been lots of fun :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Those poor singers - they sure were belting it out even though it looked like they were singing in the shower. They did a great job! I'll have to look up the YouTube video...

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Me too - looked really cool.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'll have to miss the procession - can only drag the kids into London so many times before they revolt :) I hope you get some good shots!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It was indeed :)

Down by the sea said...

Your photos are amazing what an experience to have been there! I enjoyed watching on the tv instead what a shame the weather wasn't better!
Sarah x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I know! We had to take hot showers afterwards to get warm. We've put the heat back on in the house, and our neighbors had a fire in the fireplace going this morning. Brrr!

ann said...

How wonderful, especially for the children to experience such history in the making. They will never forget the moment. American television is covering the jubilee, so we saw a bit on the news last night. Quite an event. You have wonderful photos.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

We just ordered a poster from Amazon that lists all the monarchs - my daughter has taken a recent fascination. Nothing like loving history at an early age! It will be fascinating to see how our time here shapes them :)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome pictures.
I watched the coverage on TV and admit to needing a box of hankies close by :(
I was fortunate to meet the Queen when I was a young girl, a true English rose. Despite watching her from afar all these years, I have always been in admiration..
Tonight I look forward to the beacons being lit !
Enjoy...
~Jo

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome. glad you got to witness it - even if there was rain.

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

You did it! You brave soul, well done Laura..love your photos. Isn't a great time to be an expat living in London.. :)
Hope you have your tickets ready for the Olympics too. :)
Jeanne xx

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Me too! Glad I could share the moment with you :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I admit to getting cold feet about facing the crowds - but I had regrets not going to the Royal Wedding last year, so I knew I had to do it. Plus, it was important for my kids to see.

We do have Olympic tix (yea!) - I assume you'll be in Vietnam by then?

Barbara said...

I saw that on TV and loved it! I wish I could have been there. It brought back such fond memories of my time in the UK.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm so glad you were able to catch it on TV :) I wish you could have been here too :)

Cottage Tails said...

Thank you for sharing. I haven;t seen much coverage on NZ tv. Uk Tv did have it on over ight but we missed it - hopefully they will rescreen it.
Love Leanne

Sarah said...

Wow, that WOULD be a sight to see. Glad you got to experience that. I like the picture wit the flag umbrella =)

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fiona anderson said...

Well, it wouldn't be Britain without a bit of rain ! We were very lucky on the South Coast, with no rain till the evening, although it was extremely windy.
Thanks so much for sharing the great photos, sounds like it was worth the trip, even with our wonderful weather !!!

Sissym said...

Congratulations UK! Sunday was AMAZING! Wonderful! unforgettable!

Mary Timmers said...

How fortunate for you to be able to see history in the making! And I guess it wouldn't be England if it didn't rain whenever it felt like it. Thanks for taking us there!

Egretta Wells blog said...

Oh, I would have loved to have seen the flotilla! Your photos were awesome...I looked at enlargements of all of them.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, what a spectacular celebration! Love all the umbrellas.

greenthumb said...

It looks like lots of fun I watched it on T.V last night, when my son said do they do this every year I said not in the last 300 years he stopped playing and watched with us. Great photos.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for sharing! Those Royals do know how to make a splash! I was in London a couple of years ago for the Queen's birthday parade and it was so exciting to be amongst the crowd - I can only imagine the added excitement this time :)

Jenny said...

Lovely photos! I couldn't bear to brave the crowds and the weather with my littles. So we watched on TV instead. I felt so bad for those drenched singers! But what an amazing day anyway. xx

Me said...

Thanks so much for sharing your experience - looks like you had an amazing day. Love the photos - thanks so much for posting so those of us on the other side of the world feel like we may have even been there !!!!
Have a great day !
Me