TQ2777 : Diamond Jubilee Pageant - Canadian canoe, gondola

taken 6 years ago, near to Chelsea, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

Diamond Jubilee Pageant - Canadian canoe, gondola
Diamond Jubilee Pageant - Canadian canoe, gondola
The 26 foot replica birch bark Canadian canoe is lent by Paddle Canada to the Canadian Canoe Museum for this event.
The gondola is Nicolotta. Her hull shape is that of a gondola, but she is arranged as a ceremonial vessel, called a “balotina”. She is eleven metres long and can display a red canopy shielding up to four passengers, and still have room for up to four standing rowers. She was made by a master builder, Gioponi, in Venice in 1976 and imported to Oxford in about 1996 by Richard Norton, a former rowing champion. Her normal berth is in Henley and she appears several times at Henley Royal Regatta each year as well as at many special occasions attended by City Barge.
Diamond Jubilee Pageant
The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant was held on the 3rd June 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It saw over 1000 boats travel the River Thames, between Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge, including the Queen and Royal family on the Spirit of Chartwell barge.

The procession was led by a Belfry boat, followed by man-powered boats led by the royal rowed barge 'Gloriana' LinkExternal link then small Sea Cadet motorboats each carrying a flag of each country from the Commonwealth. The Royal Barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' LinkExternal link followed this, and then many different types of motor boats, starting with historic boats including Dunkirk little boats, services boats such as lifeboats and fireboats, and many pleasure and passenger craft. Between each group were 10 music boats carrying different live bands and choral groups.

A group of tall ships also gathered at Tower Bridge, but did not take part in the procession due to their height and the number of low bridges.

Despite poor weather over 1 million people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch the procession.
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Sunday, 3 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 June, 2012
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