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Thames Jubilee Pageant

On Sunday 3 June, over 1,000 vessels participated in a flotilla on the Thames river in London, from Battersea to Tower Bridge, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It was one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, with rowed boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes beautifully dressed and turned out in their finest rigs.

With a brief break in the rainy weather, I was able to enjoy and photograph the procession as it went by from one of the boats moored at Cadogan Pier. It was a very impressive sight, but I have to say the New Zealand Maoris were my favourite x

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Royal Visitors

On Sunday 3 June, I had the pleasure of being a VIP guest on Cadogan Pier in Chelsea, London.

Cadogan Pier had been chosen as the venue for the royal barge, Spirit of Chartwell, to receive its royal visitors before departing and joining the Thames Jubilee Pageant.

I had stayed on the Pier the night before and it was very exciting to wake up and find that the Spirit of Chartwell had arrived very early and was going through it’s final preparations before the pageant. This also meant that I was very close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrived and also Prince Harry.