Britain Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
London: Great Britain is celebrating 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the Royal Throne. Queen Elizabeth II was proclaimed as the Queen in a coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953
This Sunday, a grand parade was organized by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Queen Elizabeth along with her husband Prince Phillips was carried by the Royal Barge, MV Spirit of Chartwell. They were accompanied by Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton along with Prince William's brother Prince Harry. All the members of family were seated beneath a gold canopy on top of the vessel.
The parade was scheduled to be about 12KM long going down to the river Thames. The flow of river Thames was controlled so that it wouldn't cause any obstructions in the parade. The pageant began from Wandsworth bridge at about 14:15pm and ended up at tower bridge at 16:00pm. About 1000 vessels off all types followed queen's barge. Each boat in the fleet was something special.Later Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that this is the largest of all parades. The parade was leaded by the royal barge Gloriana.
Queen wore a silver and white dress with a matching coat. The dress was embroidered with gold, silver and ivory spots. Her grandson Prince William was in his Royal Air Force uniform while his wife the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore a red Alexander McQueen dress with a matching red hat.
The 4-day celebration will continue on Monday with a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace. Celebrations will also include a morning Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral which will be attended by the Queen and the members of the royal family.