Yes!!! The glorious QRB Gloriana takes her place in the Lord Mayor’s Show again for the 3rd year. A wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful craft on the River Thames on Saturday 14th November 2015.
2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Show that began back in 1215 at the time of King John and Magna Carta and hasn’t missed a year since Wellington’s funeral blocked the whole city in 1852 (it which time it was postponed).
When the Lord Mayor’s journey began, London and Westminster were two small towns separated by open countryside and the quickest and safest way to get from one to the other was to travel up the Thames, and for the first few hundred years the Lord Mayor’s Show did just that. Then somewhere along the way the tradition was discontinued, although the Lord Mayor’s Show continued as it has for nigh on 800 years, but on land rather than river.
A few centuries later and inspired by a Canelletto painting, it was decided to built a brand new craft for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012…..and so the the QRB Gloriana was launched.
Since then the Gloriana has featured in the 2012 London Olympics, the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2012, the Tudor Pull in April 2013/2014/2015, the Great River Race 2014 and more recently the Magna Carta celebrations in June 2015 and Open House weekend in September 2015 at the Boat Show in St Katherine Docks, as well as many, many other events on the river.
This year she will once again take to the waves; for the 2015 FLOTILLA, carrying the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, downstream from the City of Westminster to the City of London.
“After several centuries, the Lord Mayor’s flotilla is back in the water having moved from river barges, to horseback to coaches. The new Lord Mayor will travel in QRB Gloriana, the traditional Thames barge made famous in the Jubilee celebrations, with an accompanying procession of 24 traditional Thames boats from London’s livery companies and port authorities.
The Lord Mayor will board QRB Gloriana in Pimlico at 08:30 then the flotilla will make its way downstream, passing under a number of bridges along the way….Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars, London and Tower bridges before finally disembarking at RNR HMS President, just below St Katherine Docks. The journey will take about an hour, and from HMS President the Lord Mayor is carried by car and will reach Mansion House ready to join the procession to the Royal Courts”.
TIMETABLE (please note these are as always with the river approximate times…the tides sometimes move a tad quicker than expected. If you want to see the Gloriana plan on getting to your preferred vantage spot earlier than the times listed below).
- 08:30: Lord Mayor boards QRB Gloriana at Westminster Boating Base, Pimlico
- 08:35: Flotilla sets off
- 09:00 Flotilla reaches Waterloo Bridge
- 09:20 Flotilla reaches London Bridge
- 09:25 Tower Bridge opens in salute (this is definitely a must see!!)
- 09:35 Lord Mayor disembarks at RNR HMS President
Be sure to diarise the date: 14 November 2015 to watch the Lord Mayor’s Flotilla as it processes along the River Thames, once more a feature of the Lord Mayor’s Show.
As mentioned before, 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Show and will be bigger than ever with 200 ‘floats’ and over 3 and a half miles long: 7,000 people from all over the world in the procession, including 180 horses, 140 vehicles, 70 floats, a vintage steamroller, a Spitfire, a Viking ship, Masai dancers, Taiko drummers, Shaolin kung-fu dancers, a grand piano pulled by bicycles, Napoleon and a tank; and the new City of London Lord Mayor travelling in the golden State Coach. For more information about the Lord Mayor’s Show visit their website.
You can plan on using any number of tube stations, depending from where you would like to watch the procession. Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk
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