Diamond Jubilee: Explore the Pageant

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant promises to be the most spectacular nautical event seen in London for 350 years. On 3 June, more than 1,000 boats will celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign and Britain's maritime history by sailing down the River Thames. Use the navigation bar or drag your cursor around the image to see photos, video and a route map.

Satellite map of River Thames, photo of Royal Barge

Key times

11:30 BST: Vessels begin mustering at Hammersmith and Battersea bridges

1410 BST: Queen arrives at Cadogan Pier

14:30 BST - Queen boards Royal Barge. Steam train, Princess Elizabeth, whistles a salute from Chelsea Bridge

14:40 BST: Jubilee Bells mark official start of Pageant

15:00 BST: Royal Barge joins flotilla, church bells ring out

16:15 BST: Queen disembarks at Royal Naval Reserve Unit HMS President to watch flotilla pass by

17:30 BST: Last vessel, Symphony, passes Tower Bridge. Pageant ends and boats disperse

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is one of the biggest live events to ever take place in London. It has taken two years to plan and is costing £10.5m of private money. That sum does not include the cost of policing which falls to the taxpayer but Lord Salisbury, who chairs the team that organised the pageant, is promising "a hell of a show ... to thank the Queen for 60 years' hard labour".

Expect to see lots of red, white and blue on bridges and buildings along the river bank and hear church bells, fireworks, music and foghorns. Hundreds of boats from all over the UK will move at a gentle speed of four knots down seven miles of river escorting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which will be richly decorated in red, gold and purple. Boats that are too tall to travel under bridges will be moored at St Katherine Docks and along a mile-long stretch from London Bridge to Wapping known as the Avenue of Sail. The bascules of Tower Bridge will be raised in salute.

Safety and security is paramount - 5,500 police and 7,000 stewards will be on duty. About 30,000 people have been security checked. All bridges and riverside roads will be closed to traffic although Lambeth, Westminster and Blackfriars bridges will be open to the public. There are expected to be about one million spectators on the river banks, and millions watching live TV coverage. Transport for London is urging the public to leave their cars at home and use public transport.

Boats have been grouped by size and type to avoid collisions. Boat owners and skippers, many of whom are not familiar with the vagaries of the Thames, have been given detailed instructions on how to negotiate the 14 bridges - and advised to refrain from drinking alcohol. A "hard shoulder" will run either side of the flotilla allowing rescue boats to deal with any incidents quickly. The closure of the Thames Barrier will help to stabilise the tide.

A family-friendly festival takes part in Battersea Park on the day of the river pageant and giant screens will placed in key locations along the river bank.

Order of boats by section Order of music herald barges (between sections)

1. Manpowered (rowed) boats, including royal rowbarge Gloriana

The Royal Jubilee Bells, on Ursula Catherine belfry barge

2. Commonwealth flags

Handel's Water Music played by Academy of Ancient Music

3. Royal squadron, including the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell

The Royal Marines Herald Fanfair, on Connaught

4. Dunkirk Little Ships

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, on Valulla

5. Historic and service vessels

Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Banc and Dhol Ensemble, on City Alpha

6. Working boats: steam boats, tugs, lifeboats and fireboats

The Jubilant Commonwealth Chorus

7. Recreation vessels: Leisure and motorboats

New Jubilee Water Music, on Georgian

8. Narrowboats and barges

The Mayor's Jubilee Band, on Westminster

9. Passenger boats

Rhythm on the River, on Wyndham Grand

10. Passenger boat

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, on Symphony

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