Jubilee pageant set to honor Queen

  • Final preparations are underway for street parties around the UK while spectators gather by London's River Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

    Thousands will watch the royal barge lead a 1,000-strong flotilla.

    Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and other senior royals will travel aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, decorated with almost 10,000 cut flowers.

    The nautical parade begins at 11: 30 BST and marks 60 years of her reign. Some 20,000 people are expected to be in the boats of the flotilla.

    The flotilla will travel down a seven-mile stretch and end some six hours later when the last boat passes Tower Bridge.

    The $15.3 million cost of the event has been covered by private donations but taxpayers will pay for security costs.

    The anti-monarchy group, Republic, has said it is preparing to hold a demonstration against what they describe as an “unelected, unaccountable monarch”.