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Repertoire for all 10 music barges announced

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The organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have released the final details of the 1,000-boat tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’s 60-year reign.

The largest public event of the Diamond Jubilee weekend and potentially the largest live public event ever held in London, the Pageant will take place on Sunday 3rd June on the river from above Battersea to below Tower Bridge.  The flotilla itself will be over seven miles long and – including mustering, dispersal and the avenue of sail – will include some 25 miles of Thames river bank.

The flotilla will pass under all 13 Central London river crossings, from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge,and will take at least 75 minutes to pass any given point.  This unique spectacle, inspired by a rich history and tradition of entertainment and theatre on the Thames, will include up to 20,000 participants on the water and up to a million spectators on the riverbanks and public spaces.   The major broadcasters expect the global audience to number in the billions.

Jubilee Pageant – key times

11:30 Vessels muster between Hammersmith and Battersea bridges

14:10 Queen arrives at Cadogan Pier

14:30 Queen boards Royal Barge. Steam train, Princess Elizabeth, whistles a salute from Chelsea Bridge

14:40 Jubilee Bells mark official start of Pageant

14:45 First vessel passes under Albert Bridge

15:00 Royal Barge joins flotilla, church bells ring out

16:15 Queen disembarks at Royal Naval Research Base to watch flotilla pass by

17:30 The last vessel, Symphony, passes Tower Bridge. Pageant ends and boats disperse

All timings in British Summer Time (GMT +1)

Details of the boats participating in the Pageant are published at www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org.  Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said:  “The Pageant on 3rd June will be a unique occasion to celebrate a British Monarch. Our organising team, the hundreds who have entered their boats, the thousands on the river, the hundreds of thousands lining the banks and the many hundreds of millions watching ontelevision, will want to pay a fitting tribute to The Queen for her 60years of service.  The Pageant will be an event that will fulfil this ambition.” Also revealed  is the final repertoire for the ten floating musical barges that will take their places throughout the flotilla.

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Tower Bridge

Royal Jubilee Bells : Peal of bells travelling the length of the central London flotilla route, with riverside Churches returning the peals as the floating belfry passes by.  Academy of Ancient Music: Handel’s Water Music and Music for Royal Fireworks Herald Fanfare Trumpeters : Six trumpeters from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines perform trumpet herald fanfares to each of the Thames bridges to herald the arrival of The Queen.  The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth: Nautical airs and sea shanties including Royal Salute, Gibraltar, Jolly Roger, Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantasia of British Sea Songs.   The Jubilant Commonwealth Choir: 13 traditional folk songs sung by a choir drawn from across the Commonwealth countries. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and Dhol Ensemble: Indian-Scottish pipe band playing eight Bollywood tunes and 19 traditional melodies.

We hope to see you there! :)