The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of the oversubscribed Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

January 19, 2012

HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become Patron of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The Pageant, one of the major celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee central weekend in June 2012, will see the largest flotilla ever assembled on the Thames in modern times. A thousand boats from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world will muster on the river on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd June, the route stretching seven miles from Hammersmith in the west to Greenwich in the east. The Queen will travel down the Thames in the Royal Barge which will be the focal point of the flotilla.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, with other members of the Royal family, will be on board the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, decorated and adorned for the occasion at the head of the royal section of the flotilla.

Applications to take part from boat owners throughout the UK and the Commonwealth have been three times oversubscribed.

Full information about the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, can be found at

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush welcome the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005. White House photo by Paul Morse

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