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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Finishing touches have been made to royal barge for today’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant.
The Spirit of Chartwell has been transformed into a vessel “fit for a queen” for the extravaganza, at the centre of the 1,000-strong flotilla as it makes its way down the Thames.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be joined on the barge by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Spirit of Chartwell is a luxury Thames river cruiser donated for the event by owner Philip Morrell and transformed in a project led by award-winning production designer Joseph Bennett.
Here is the timetable for the river pageant:
2.15pm: The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall board HMY Britannia’s Royal Barge (BRB) from Chelsea Pier, followed by Paul Ludwig, the Queen’s Bargemaster. The steam train Princess Elizabeth, located on nearby Chelsea Rail Bridge, blows her horn.
2.30pm: BRB comes alongside Spirit of Chartwell (The Royal Barge), which is moored alongside Cadogan Pier. The Royal Party and attendants transfer from BRB to The Royal Barge. The pageant begins.
2.45pm: The Royal Jubilee Bells start pealing. The belfry slips her moorings by the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park to take position as the lead vessel in the Pageant. The Man-Powered Section passes beneath Albert Bridge and past The Royal Barge. The Man-Powered Section “Toss Oars” to salute The Queen.
3pm: The Royal Barge slips her mooring from Cadogan Pier in readiness to join the pageant.
4pm: The first vessel, the belfry carrying The Royal Jubilee Bells, passes under Tower Bridge.
4.10pm: The bascules of Tower Bridge open in salute. They remain open until the pageant’s finale.
4.15pm: The Royal Barge arrives alongside the pier at HMS President. The Queen and the royal party review the flotilla from The Royal Barge.
5.15pm: The final vessel in the pageant, Symphony, carrying members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir will perform several pieces, including the National Anthem to the Queen. The close of the pageant:
5.30pm: The bascules of Tower Bridge are lowered.