As it happened: Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Key points

  • The highlight of the second day of the Diamond Jubilee was the Thames River Pageant, involving at least 1,000 boats
  • Organisers said some 1.2 million people packed into central London to enjoy the festivities - despite the bad weather
  • But a helicopter fly-past, which would have marked the culmination of the day, was cancelled due to the conditions
  • The flotilla was the largest on the River Thames since 1662 - when one was held in honour of Charles II
  • Vessels began to muster from 11:30 BST, with the Queen boarding the Royal Barge at 14:30 BST - and not leaving until 18:00 BST
  • The Jubilee Big Lunch also took place, with street parties across the UK and beyond

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    Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. You'll be able to follow all the action from the Thames, with regular updates from our BBC correspondents on the ground - and on the water.


    Today is also the day of the Big Jubilee Lunch where people are being encouraged to get together with neighbours and friends for street parties or picnics. We'll be bringing you snippets from celebrations all over the UK, as well as from events taking place around the world.


    More than 1,000 vessels, large and small, will be taking part in the pageant - the biggest event of its kind since the reign of Charles II, 350 years ago.


    To give you an idea of timings, vessels will be mustering between Hammersmith and Battersea bridges from 11.30 BST onwards. The Queen herself will arrive at Chelsea Pier at about 14.10 BST and will board the Royal Barge at 14.30 BST. The official start of the pageant will come 10 minutes later, heralded by the ringing of the eight Jubilee Bells.


    Here was the scene a short time ago, with boats heading up the river towards the muster point at Hammersmith.

    Boats head up the River Thames

    The boats at the head of the flotilla will be man-powered - and not just any man. Among those taking up oars will be five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and his former partner Matthew Pinsent.

    Mario Cacciottolo BBC News

    Preparations for a street party are well under way in London's Piccadilly. The street itself has been closed off and many white stalls, each with a Union Jack roof, have sprung up. There's a gentle hum of tongues, both English and foreign, as people stroll about. It's the calm before the storm, with everyone hoping the sheets of spoilsport drizzle will soon do the decent thing and move on.


    Photographer Ian Kington spotted members of the 'royal family' near to Tower Bridge.

    Members of the public wear royal masks near Tower Bridge

    Away from London, the BBC's Lynette Horsburgh is in Morecambe, Lancashire, where a Jubilee party is taking place along a mile-and-a-half of the promenade. Some 550 tables are set out and 3,000 tickets have been sold. Organiser Tricia Heath says the rain "won't stop our party".


    For full details of today's plans, check out our guide. If you're out and about, it will tell you where to watch the action - and if you're indoors, it will point you towards the best BBC coverage.


    The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will all be aboard the Spirit of Chartwell. It's due to arrive at Tower Bridge at 16.15 BST and from there the Royal Family will watch the rest of the flotilla stream past.


    The bunting and union flags are put in place as organisers prepare for a street party in Marple Bridge, Stockport.

    Organisers start to dress the shops prior to the Jubilee street party in Marple Bridge, Stockport

    It seems there are problems for some trying to reach London. The first Marylebone service to leave Birmingham was full at Moor Street station, according to passengers, leaving many in their finery stuck on the platform. More passengers trying to get on at Dorridge, Warwick and Banbury were also left behind to wait for later trains.

    Via Email L Smith

    emails from Denmark: "A British pub in central Copenhagen is showing the BBC coverage, and encouraging all to celebrate together. Much respect to Queen Elizabeth II, who has been such a good role model for her younger cousin, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Enjoy the party! We are celebrating with you!"


    Jubilee celebrations have also been taking place in Scotland. We've seen a 21-gun royal salute at Edinburgh Castle, and in Perth, more than 1,000 people took part in one of the world's biggest ever kilted-runs.

    1143: Sailing

    Servane Trefusis, from France, is boarding Cornish vessel Red Rose at Putney. "I'm very excited about the boat ride - and cold!" she says. "I'm here with my husband who is Cornish, but I wonder what my French family would make of it - it's a very British affair."

    Via Twitter ABC News correspondent Lisa Millar

    tweets: "Definition of optimist - van selling ice creams on Thames in rain and 10 degrees"


    London Mayor Boris Johnson tells the BBC the transport network is functioning well, although he adds: "I don't want to be complacent." He says it's right to use the river for this event because it was the Thames that made this city "a world power".


    An update on the all-important weather. The BBC's Sara Thornton says things are going to get "a little bit better" as the day goes on, but don't expect sunshine. "We are going to have dry interludes. It's going to be cloudy and will feel cold and damp," she says. Scotland and Northern Ireland will see the brightest conditions today.


    Not everyone is happy about today's pomp and pageantry and campaign group Republic is planning to hold a demonstration against what it calls an unelected, unaccountable monarch. Some of those planning to take part have told the BBC News website why.

    Jim Murphy

    writes on the BBC News Facebook page: "‎2/3 million people (including tourists) will take part in events marking the jubilee. Out of a population of 65+ million is a pathetic percentage and shows the true scale of love for the royalty in the UK."

    Hanifa Darwan's photo of the Thames Hanifa Darwan's photo of the Thames

    Hanifa Darwan is looking forward to the day, and sent this photo of a murky looking Thames.


    More than 300 applications were made for street closures across Wales for celebration parties - 100 more than for last year's Royal Wedding. The village of Rhosneigr in Anglesey - near where Prince William is based as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot - is staging a four-day event like that held there in 1953 to mark the Queen's coronation.


    Against the grey sky the red, white and blue of the union flag stands out and is being worn in all sorts of ways by those waiting for the pageant to begin.

    1158: Holly Wallis BBC News

    Four large, brightly-painted dragon boats with drums attached are preparing to launch at Putney. The teams - dressed in waterproofs and fancy dress hats - are warming up with some star jumps and stretches for the long, chilly row ahead.

    Via Twitter Ros Atkins from the BBC World Service

    tweets: "Weather report: not raining at Battersea Park (good), wind's picking up (bad for skippers). Land of hope and glory on the PA."


    Around 1,000 guests who won tickets through a City of London ballot have gathered to enjoy the view at Tower Bridge. William and Carole Naunton and their children Emma, 10, and George, seven, are among them. "We were thinking of going away [because of the weather] but we both remembered the Silver Jubilee and all the street parties so thought it would be nice to bring the children," Mrs Naunton said.


    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived at the street party on London's Piccadilly.


    Here's Prince Charles greeting party-goers.

    Prince Charles
    Francesca Kinghorn boat picture from Canary Wharf Francesca Kinghorn boat picture from Canary Wharf

    Francesca Kinghorn sent us this picture from her second floor Canary Wharf flat. Her three-year-old daughter Amelia is getting into the Jubilee spirit. "She had a Jubilee party at nursery, although she came home disappointed because the Queen didn't attend."


    At Hammersmith, dozens of rowing boats are making their way towards the muster point. It really is quite a sight - Celtic and Viking longboats, kayaks, Venetian gondalas, you name it. The scale of this event is really starting to become clear.

    Via Twitter Gary in London

    tweets: "Roads vaguely near the Thames have been closed off. Got questioned by security but they let me through. Very Day of the Jackal."

    1218: Holly Wallis BBC News

    Some 300 Sea Cadets in 54 small motor boats arrive under Putney Bridge - they will create a diamond formation in the flotilla with flags from all over the Commonwealth.


    Forty-one of the "little ships" which took part in the Dunkirk landings will join today's event. The skipper of one of them, Ian Gilbert, was upbeat despite the weather. "Nothing gets us down. It's what doing anything outdoors in the UK is all about," he said.

    1222: Mario Cacciottolo BBC News

    Lots of excitement among the crowds at the Piccadilly street party. Charles and Camilla stopped for a brief sit down and a chat with some of those taking lunch. Let's hope the chairs weren't too soggy from the earlier downpour.

    Prince Charles and Camilla

    Fleets of boats are making their way to their position for the start of the river pageant, which is due to start in just over two hours.

    Boats on the Thames

    The BBC's Robert Hall has been talking to those on board one of the most distinctive boats on the river. It's decorated with a giant pink hat in a style the Queen herself might approve of.

    Via Twitter Tom Box

    tweeted this image of Twickenham station at 1145 BST. He says it is worse than at rush hour and he had to wait for two trains.

    Crowded rail platform

    While the weather is only putting a small dampener on events on the Thames, it's had more of an effect 200 miles north. Heavy rainfall has caused the cancellation of the Asian and Cultural Mela in Grimsby as well as the nearby Diamond Jubilee Fun Day by the Waltham Windmill Preservation Society. More reason to stay in and watch the live coverage on BBC One from 13:30 BST then.


    In Islamabad, about 150 children have taken part in a Jubilee lunch at Fazaia Inter College on the Pakistan Air Force Complex. 11-year-old Arsalan Umer explained why he was a fan of the Queen: "She is a very honest, polite and religious woman. She is the greatest ruler of England ever." Their lunch included cheese sandwiches and chicken biryani.

    Children celebrate Jubilee in Islamabad

    With so many boats crowded together, safety is a key concern. More than 20 vessels from the RNLI have been drafted in, while one in particular will take on a ceremonial role. The vessel has been renamed Diamond Jubilee to mark the 60,000 lives saved by the RNLI during the Queen's reign.


    They're on their feet and singing the national anthem at the Piccadilly street party. With flags waving enthusiastically, it's got something of the last night of the Proms about it.


    The anti-monarchy group, Republic, is demonstrating near Tower Bridge against what it calls an unelected, unaccountable monarch.

    Protesters near Tower Bridge

    Republican Mick Davis, who's demonstrating at Tower Bridge, says: "I think our democracy could work better if we had an elected head of state." Fellow protester Gary Hills says: "We want to have fairness, social justice and equality in the country - we won't all the while we have a class divide in place."


    Just in from Downing Street - they're moving their street party indoors because of the weather. This is the rather grand room that's been chosen.

    Downing Street Jubilee lunch
    Via Twitter Paul Kramer

    tweets: "How many boats will sink on the Thames today? Will they start the race again from Albert Bridge?"


    There are some fantastic pictures coming in all the time of the festivities in London and beyond. Here's a collection of some of the latest.

    Via Email Mary Hartley

    emails from Caurel, France: "Here in our small part of Brittany, we're having our own 'Party in the Park'. Everyone is bringing British afternoon tea party food - egg and cress, salmon and cucumber sandwiches. No rain so far but very windy."


    Just to bring you up to speed with what's been going on. For the last couple of hours, vessels have been making their way up the Thames to the muster point at Hammersmith. They all need to be in place by the time the Queen arrives at 14:10 BST. We've also seen our first royals, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, at a street party in Piccadilly.

    Via Twitter The BBC's Ros Atkins

    tweets: "Brass band in Battersea Park has just played Pacific State by 808 State. Had no idea early 90s dance music had a role today. #bbcjubilee"


    Major Edward Hunt, aged 92, was the royal bargemaster for 12 years. He says the Queen has a way of making everyone feel special: "When I've had to present men to her, she's found out beforehand a little of their history and so she's able to talk to them about their interests. The most recent winner of the Victoria Cross spoke a couple of weeks ago at Windsor that he was surprised that the Queen knew so much about his family. She does that each time."


    A colourful collection of umbrellas are keeping the crowds dry at Potters Fields near Tower Bridge.

    Crowds at Potters Fields

    Prime Minister David Cameron has told the BBC's Andrew Marr he finds his weekly audiences with the Queen "a huge benefit". "It's a very helpful process... she always seems to cut through the fluff and the nonsense and get to the key points that really matter."

    Via Email Hal Kempe in Hamilton, Bermuda

    emails: "We had our own Jubilee Flotilla to celebrate this fabulous milestone. 40-50 boats followed our new governor and other dignitaries aboard the same ferry on which Her Majesty travelled in 2009. Rule Brittania!"


    Some obviously planned ahead for the wet weather conditions over the Jubliee bank holiday.


    Bennie Banares, 63, has brought a group of 43 people from Canada to see the Queen. She wrote to her majesty in January asking about the Jubilee, and says: "Just to receive the royal mail in my mailbox would be a privilege, but I had got a reply from the Queen's secretary and she gave me all the websites I needed for tickets. I knew everything before the tour opearators."


    Can't get a decent view of the River Thames? There is an alternative... if you can make your way to the village pond at Goudhurst in Kent. Local schoolchildren are launching hundreds of small wooden boats - in their own mini flotilla - and there's a 30ft-long floating replica of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben for added authenticity.


    The BBC's Dominic Hurst says hundreds of people are queuing to get into Battersea Park to see the Jubilee River Pageant. It's taking time to process people by scanning tickets.


    Here's a member of Her Majesty's Royal Marine Band from Plymouth warming up ahead of the pageant.

    A member of Her Majesty"s Royal Marine Band

    Music will ring out from the flotilla this afternoon. The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be on the final vessel and will change its tune - so to speak - to fit the landmarks it passes. So as it goes past MI6 headquarters, you'll hear the James Bond theme tune - going past the Cenotaph, the Dambusters theme will be played.

    Jay Thompson's photo from Tuvalu

    A big Jubilee lunch has been held in Tuvalu, a group of nine tiny islands in the South Pacific. Jay Thompson sent this photo of the event, which was run and organised by the Tuvalu Scout Association. These scouts wore specially made T-shirts. Send your Jubilee pictures to, or text them to 61124.


    Not long now until BBC One's special Diamond Jubilee programme gets going at 13:30 BST, with Huw Edwards, Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth. Here on the website, the number one port of call for everything Diamond Jubilee is our In Depth page.


    More than 100 people have turned out for a street party in Flambard Avenue in Christchurch, Dorset. Organiser Nicky Prior says: "It's been great fun. We have a social club in the street which is more than 35 years old so holding gatherings like this is second nature to us. We are determined to party on all day."


    Under two hours to go and rowing boats are making their way to their starting positions for the river pageant.

    Rowing boats
    Via Twitter Hannah

    tweets: "One of my friends is rowing on a reconstructed Viking boat in the Jubilee pageant. Watching on TV it looks amazing #bbcjubilee"


    A few facts and figures for you. Among the 1,000 boats in the flotilla, 265 will be man-powered, 48 will be working vessels, such as fishing boats, and 60 will be recreational vessels. Some 55 are described as "historic", and the oldest among those is the 260-year-old St Michael's Mount State Barge.


    At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Flight of Ufford will be the only modern vessel taking part in the flotilla. Built by a Suffolk company, a sister version of the 52ft (16m) yacht was used in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.


    Andrea Knott in Halifax sent this photo of friends Kira Horsfall and Eva Knott, both aged nine, who've designed their own Jubilee T-Shirts.

    Kira Horsfall and Eva Knott's jubilee t-shirts

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    The Queen was first approached about the possibility of a river pageant for her Diamond Jubilee in 2009. Since then planning, trials and rehearsals have gathered pace, all gearing up to today. Remember, this is only the second time a British monarch has clocked up 60 years on the throne.


    Our special Diamond Jubilee programme has just begun on BBC One and the BBC News Channel, hosted by Huw Edwards from outside Buckingham Palace.

    James Worsfold celebrates in Australia

    James Worsfold celebrated in true Commonwealth style with guests from Scotland, England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia at a party in Oyster Bay, New South Wales, Australia.


    The pageant's lead vessel will be a floating belfry carrying a new set of eight church bells cast especially for the Jubilee. Each one is named after a senior member of the Royal Family - Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William and Henry. As they ring out, they'll be answered by ringing from the riverbank churches along the route.


    The BBC's Sian Lloyd is in Rhosneigr, Anglesey, where hundreds of people are having a picnic in the village hall. Among them Penny Stoneman, who remembers the Coronation celebrations in 1953 when a golden coach paraded through the streets. She says today's events have brought mixed emotions as she remembers the years that have gone by.


    If you missed the visit by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to a street party in London's Piccadilly earlier, you can watch the video here.


    The BBC's Lisa North is in Richmond Park in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, where they're offering food at 1950s prices. Hot dogs are 7p, bacon sandwiches 9p and a cup of tea is just 2p. Unsurprisingly, they're flying off the shelves.


    There'll be some grand and sizeable vessels in the flotilla, but the tiny ones are just as important. This little rowing boat is packed the capacity with what look like Morris dancers.

    Rowing boat

    A guard of Chelsea Pensioners, dressed in all their finery, is waiting for the Royal Family at Chelsea Pier. The Queen should get to them at about 14:10 BST.


    Part way along the route, crowds are packing the South Bank. Mike, 67, and Marilyn Mann, 63, have flown all the way from Hong Kong to join in the festivities. "We wanted to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and experience the Jubilee atmosphere in London," Mr Mann says.


    In another reminder that it's not just Brits celebrating the Jubilee, Alla Koptseva sent us this picture of a cake she made for the celebrations she had with her husband and son in their home in Estonia.

    Alla Koptseva's Estonian cake
    Via Twitter Campaign group Republic

    tweets: "Literally hundreds being prevented from joining main ‪#jubileeprotest‬. We're working with police + security to resolve this."


    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the first members of the Royal Family to arrive at the Thames. We're expecting them at about 14:05 BST.

    Via Email Peter in Toronto, Canada

    emails: "As one who has suffered extreme poverty in the slums of Liverpool as a child, royalty and their extravagant lifestyle has never played a part in my life. Why the people passively seem to accept this travesty of a 'family'' who live in ivory castles at their expense is beyond me."


    A mile-and-a-half long street party is being held along Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, where one of the more famous locals - comedian Eric Morecambe - has been fittingly dressed.

    Statue of Eric Morcambe

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the River Thames ahead of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.


    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive at Chelsea Pier.


    Loud cheers greet Charles and Camilla. The Prince of Wales is wearing his full military uniform, the Duchess, a cream dress coat and hat. She's finished her outfit off with a transparent umbrella.


    The Duchess of Cambridge is dressed head to toe in pillar box red. She's chatting to crowds lining the banks of the river.


    Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge are making their way along the pier to the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell.

    Via Email Dorothy Green in Edinburgh

    emails: "My father, Robert Kidd, was chosen to sing in the choir at the coronations of both King George VI and the Queen. He received an MBE from the Queen at Holyrood. Had he been alive today he would have been so proud watching the Jubilee celebrations."


    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the River Thames.


    The guest of honour, Her Majesty the Queen, is dressed all in white, with gold accents.


    The Queen now greets her son, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, at the end of the pier. A scream goes up from the crowd as Her Majesty gives them a wave with a lilac-gloved hand.


    The Queen arrives to huge cheers from the crowd.

    The Queen arrives

    The Queen now leaves Chelsea Pier on the Britannia launch, headed for the Royal Barge. As she passes under Albert Bridge, a steam train above her sounds its horn.


    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have boarded the royal launch on their way to the royal barge.

    Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

    For all you fashionistas, the Queen's dress and matching coat were designed by Angela Kelly. They are created from white boucle, threaded throughout with silk ribbon and embellished with Swarovski crystals.


    The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress and matching Sylvia Fletcher hat. It must be a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", because Sarah Burton, at Alexander McQueen, also designed her wedding dress.


    Prince William - wearing the No 1 Ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals and Army Air Corps light blue beret - and the Duchess of Cambridge also arrived at Chelsea pier.

    Princes William and the Duchess of Cambridge

    The royal launch is continuing to make its way along the river. The BBC's Dominic Hurst says the crowds are at least 10-deep in Battersea Park, as people strain to catch a glimpse.


    Back at Chelsea Pier, Princess Anne has arrived, along with her husband, Vice-Admiral Timothy Lawrence.


    The Queen is now on the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell.


    The Royal Standard is raised on the Spirit of Chartwell to show the Queen is on board. With a red, gold and purple colour scheme, the vessel is designed to echo the richly decorated royal barges of the 17th and 18th Centuries.


    Here is the moment the Queen boarded the royal barge.

    Queen boards the Royal Barge

    A red, velvet banner decorated with a version of the royal coat-of-arms and more than half a million gold-coloured buttons hangs from the stern of the Spirit of Chartwell.

    Via SMS Alison Marshall in Buckinghamshire

    texts: "My aunt and I are enjoying the coverage but were appalled just to see the Union Flag being flown upside down. Can we have a campaign to educate people before the Olympics please."


    The Queen has handpicked a number of quests to join her on the Royal Barge. They include the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, and the historian Simon Schama.


    The Royal Barge is festooned with flowers. The Queen and Prince Philip will sit among them in specially-created thrones.


    The Jubilee bells - eight of them, named after members of the Royal Family - now ring out from the Belfry Barge, the lead vessel in the flotilla.


    As the bells ring, scores of rowing boats make their way to their start of the pageant. They will be led by Gloriana, which is powered by 18 oarsmen including Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.

    The Queen on the barge

    The BBC's Clare Balding is on Gloriana, and she says the toughest thing for rowers like Redgrave and Pinsent is not going too fast.


    Here is the Gloriana leading the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and is powered by 18 oarsmen.

    Via Twitter A spectator at Lambeth Bridge

    texts: "Have they started yet? Waiting excitedly, but my daughter is getting heavy on my shoulders!"


    The Queen waves at the rowers as they make their way past. It's quite a sight - gondalas, Viking longboats, skiffs, and more. They're aiming for a speed of four knots, but the BBC's Chris Hollins, on the water, says there's quite a breeze which could make it hard work for some.


    Here are the rowing boats passing the Queen on the royal barge.

    Rowing boats

    As she arrived at the Thames earlier, the Duchess of Cambridge accepted flowers from five-year-old Henry Moffat. His father, Andrew, said: "She asked Henry who chose the flowers. He told her it was daddy not mummy." Pointing to his younger son, Mr Moffat added: "We told her this is another William. She giggled and said 'You're cute'."


    Three cheers ring out from the crowd in Battersea Park, led by Sgt Major Bill Mott. Behind him, flags wave madly.


    TV presenter Ben Fogle offered three cheers for the Queen as he rowed passed the royal barge.

    Ben Fogle

    Just catching a glimpse of a group of Maoris, powering their way along the Thames in a traditional Waka boat from New Zealand. Once they and all the other man-powered craft have gone past, the Royal Barge will slip in behind them.


    Now we're seeing boats carrying Sea Cadets going past - each one has the flag of a different Commonwealth nation.

    Via Twitter Pyfre

    tweets: "Have to respect the Maori Rowers not a lot of protection from the cold and damp!"‪


    The Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, sets off along the Thames.


    The Havengore is now making its way past. Waving enthusiastically from on board is Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Also with him on the vessel are the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.


    Olympic gold medalist Matthew Pinsent is one of the oarsmen onboard the Gloriana.

    Matthew Pinsent

    The Spirit of Chartwell is making its way out into the centre of the river. On board, the Queen and Prince Philip have not yet taken their seats on the thrones.

    Via Email John Ridlington in Melton Mowbray

    emails: My dad, Bill Ridlington, is on the Sailability yacht from Rutland - look out for the upside-down horse shoe on the rig. We are very proud of our dad."


    Joining the royal section of the flotilla is the paddle steamer, the Elizabethan. It's carrying the Duchess of Cambridge's family - her parents Michael and Carole Middleton and siblings Pippa and James.


    Sir Steve Redgrave, on board the lead vessel Gloriana, says he picked those rowing with him personally. They include Corporal Neil Heritage, who lost his legs while serving in Iraq, and four members of the Great Britain Paralympic rowing squad.


    A bit of history for you. The Havengore - today carrying royals including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - was used to transport Sir Winston Churchill's body along the Thames on the day of his state funeral in 1965.

    1521: Holly Wallis BBC News

    Members of the anti-monarchy group Republic are chanting "democracy now" outside City Hall. But as they do the horn from the Port of London Authority boat moored alongside blares its horn even louder, drawing a cheer from the crowds.


    The residents of Rosehill Street in Cheltenham have continued to celebrate today despite rather trying circumstances recently. A house in the road was destroyed, and two others had to be demolished, after a suspected gas explosion on 10 May.


    Wendy Wilson from Wolverhampton sent in this picture of her three daughters, Keeley, Lyra and Ellie.

    Three girls in Wolverhampton with flags

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    The Queen has now gone below deck on the Royal Barge. Inside it has been designed to evoke the grandeur of the Orient Express, specifically a 1929 Cote d'Azur Pullman railway carriage. A bit more on the flowers too - there are 4,000 red carnations, 2,100 Darcey roses, 1,000 Patience roses and 500 purple and red sweet peas.


    Transport for London says no stations are currently closed, but a spokesman said: "Passengers are being advised while they are on the train of spectator areas that are full, and given alternative locations they may want to try."


    Trains into London have been affected by overcrowding with some people heading to the Jubilee pageant left on platforms because carriages were full.


    The lead boats in the flotilla have just gone past Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. They're now coming up to the London Eye.


    Here boats can be seen passing Big Ben and approaching the London Eye.

    Boats pass the London Eye

    Back near the start at Chelsea Pier, some of the service craft are coming into view. One of six London fireboats is shooting its water jets into the air.


    The BBC's Sangita Myska, at Westminster Bridge, says many people are complaining that the big screens are not taking BBC coverage and therefore the crowds are left without any commentary.


    Here come the Dunkirk little ships, behind the royal squadron. They are some of the 700 private boats that sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk in 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo, the rescue of more than 338,000 British and French soldiers during World War II.


    Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been taking part in the celebrations. Earlier they visited a Big Jubilee Lunch at All Saints Church, Fulham.

    Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

    Just in, pageant organisers say all public viewing areas along the official route - from Battersea to Tower Bridge - are at capacity.


    The weather may have driven the Downing Street Jubilee party indoors, but Prime Minister David Cameron and these scouts do still appear to be enjoying themselves.

    David Cameron and scouts

    The Royal Barge is now approaching Westminster Bridge. The Queen is back up on deck, but still not sitting on that gold and red throne.

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

    A 41-gun salute has been fired at Tower Bridge - the Queen's eventual destination.


    Some royal pretenders here in Battersea Park.

    People celebrating the Jubilee in Battersea Park

    As her barge, the Havengore, passes Parliament, we spot Princess Eugenie taking pictures with her phone of the pomp and pageantry all around her.


    Sailing expert Tom Cunliffe tells the BBC there'll be quite a head wind when the vessels round the bend in the river past Westminster. Could be hard work for the rowers who've been going for some time now.


    A troupe of dancers is sending a semaphore message from the roof of London's Royal Festival Hall. They are using red and yellow flags to spell out the message: "Happy Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth, We Heart You."


    There's excitement on the Royal Barge - especially from the Queen herself - as the eponymous star of the theatre production of War Horse makes an appearance on the roof of the National Theatre.


    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been gathering at Hartlepool Mosque to play traditional games such as the egg and spoon race. Photo from Jordan Crosby.

    Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

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    Via Twitter The BBC's Mishal Husain

    tweets from a Thames tugboat: "All aboard the Wheldale so delighted by crowd reaction & proud to be here."

    View from the Wheldale View from the Wheldale

    Back at the start at Chelsea, 43 narrow boats and 20 barges have joined the procession. The rain is picking up, but the flags are still flying. One vessel carries a banner reading: "Merseyside congratulates Her Majesty."


    Outside Sea Containers House, another surprise for the Queen. A huge image is unveiled of the Royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Covering almost the entire building, we understand it's the largest photograph of the Royal Family ever produced.

    1603: Holly Wallis BBC News

    At Tower Bridge, the bunting along the river's edge is being noisily whipped up by the wind, everyone eagerly craning to see if the first of the boats are on their way. Some people - kept out of the area itself by police - are pressed up against wire fencing in anticipation.


    The flotilla is passing HMS Belfast as they head for the finish line at Tower Bridge

    Heading towards Tower Bridge
    1606: Philippa Thomas BBC News

    Crowds at Tower Bridge think it's their moment at last. There are shouts of "It's happening!" and "Here she comes!" Delighted response to the bells on the boat with little children being held up to see the sight.


    Of all the sights that have greeted her along the river, the Queen seemed at her most animated at this one - War Horse - on top of the National Theatre.

    Via Twitter Paul Waugh from the website PoliticsHome

    tweets: "Want to see the Canaletto that everyone's comparing #royalpageant to? Here is it is"

    Caneletto Thames shifts Caneletto Thames shifts
    Via SMS Phillip in Luton

    texts: "This is fantastic... Just wish someone would put their arms around Lizzy, she looks as if she could do with a cuddle."


    Some good old-fashioned British queuing in Battersea Park.

    Queues in Battersea Park

    The weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse. Our cameras are getting misted up and umbrellas have been raised on the Royal Barge. Sailing expert Tom Cunliffe says the wind will have made it a tough row - any stronger, he says, and the man-powered boats might not have been able to take part at all.


    The Academy of Ancient Music, travelling in the flotilla ahead of the Royals, plays Handel's Water Music. How very appropriate...


    Tower Bridge lifts to allow the Royal Barge, carrying the Queen, to pass through.


    Now a trumpet fanfare from Royal Marines aboard the Connaght heralds the passage of the Royal Barge through the open arms of Tower Bridge.

    Via Twitter Chris King from Sevenoaks

    tweets: "Tower Bridge at full lift, that's not something you see everyday!!"


    HMS Belfast sounded its horn as the Royal Barge sailed past. The seamen on board give three cheers and tipped their hats at the day's guest of honour.


    Here's the moment the Spirit of Chartwell passed under Tower Bridge.

    The Spirit of Chartwell passes through Tower Bridge.

    The Spirit of Chartwell is now turning around before it pulls up to watch the rest of the flotilla come through.


    On board the Elizabethan, Pippa and James Middleton look to be having fun.

    Pippa and James Middleton
    Via Email L Anderson in Dorset

    emails: "I'm having a great non-Jubilee time. Pleased it is quiet outside with very little traffic (presumably because so many people are glued to their TV sets). No sign of street parties either. I only hope it is equally quiet when the Olympics are on."

    1631: Dominic Hurst BBC News

    The rain is now lashing down in Battersea Park and many people are heading home - wet but happy.


    We're expecting the Queen to step off the Royal Barge shortly and onto HMS President, a former Royal Navy corvette permanently moored near Blackfriars Bridge, to watch the rest of the seven mile-long flotilla.

    Via Twitter Richard Smedley

    tweets: "Nothing says Britain like a brass band on a barge sailing down the Thames in the pouring rain!"


    One of the UK's longest street parties has taken place today in the villages of Goring and Streatley. Normally separated by the Thames - and in two different counties, Oxfordshire and Berkshire - they joined forces by lining up 465 trestle tables spanning the two high streets and the river bridge. The total length of the party was a kilometre in length.


    The Dunkirk little ships are now approaching Tower Bridge. Among those onboard are two Dunkirk veterans, Vic Viner and Harry Kidney.

    Freddie and Simon Mills

    Among the thousands lining the river banks is five-year-old Freddie Mills and his dad Simon. Freddie learned about the flotilla at school, so was keen to see it for himself. "I've never seen so many boats but just wish it would stop raining now."


    The tallest ships - those too tall to pass under some of London's bridges - have formed what's being called the Avenue of Sail. They are lining up along the river banks to make a sort of guard of honour for the other smaller vessels to pass through.

    Via Twitter Broadcaster Suzanne Virdee

    tweets: "Best interview so far Jim on HMS Belfast recalling how he was thrown 60ft in the air and clung to a dead shark to survive"


    Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha are also close to Tower Bridge, watching the end of the flotilla on HMS President.


    Here she is watching the rest of the flotilla.

    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

    Working boats, including RNLI vessels, are now getting a wave from the Queen. In return, she's getting hoots from their horns.

    Via SMS Craig in Gravesend

    texts: "As a Port of London Authority employee, lots of praise for the person skippering the Spirit of Chartwell for his berthing manoeuvre. He is Capt John Freestone and is a Port of London Authority River Pilot."

    Via Twitter The London Ambulance Service

    tweets: At #diamondjubilee pageant with @stjohnambulance we have treated 369 patients and 64 of them have been taken to hospital


    St Thomas' Hospital - which overlooks the Thames - has seen 24 Jubilee babies born today. Its director of midwifery tells the BBC there was a glut of births nine months after the Royal Wedding, so perhaps there'll be a similar one nine months on from today.

    Via Twitter Niamh Flynn

    tweets: "think it's amazing how old the Queen and Prince Philip are yet they still haven't sat down! #KUDOS #bbcjubilee"


    The celebrations have been going on across the UK all day. Check out some pictures from Merseyside and from Bristol.


    Time for some more cakes. Some very British desserts were laid on for Darren England's expat Jubilee party today at Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

    British cakes in Hong Kong

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    Paula Reed, style director of Grazia magazine, says the Queen's choice of white was inspired and helps her stand out against the dreariness of the day.


    The narrow boats and barges are now making their way towards the Queen. We've also just heard a stirring rendition of Jerusalem by a choir on board one vessel, hopefully helping to keep spirits up despite the weather.


    We're expecting the events of today to culminate with a fly-past - will we be able to see it through the gloom though?


    People in Glastonbury, Somerset, have been getting stuck into their street party along with the mayor and town crier. Steve Lancaster sent in this photo.

    Steve Lancaster's photo from Glastonbury

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    Every available vantage point along the river has been snatched up. Here twins Olivia and Hatty Hardy, aged 12, and their mother Rose watch from close to Blackfriars Bridge.

    Olivia and Hatty Hardy, aged 12, and their mother Rose
    1724: Holly Wallis BBC News

    The Dunkirk ships have all gone by - and there is definitely something of the Dunkirk spirit here. One man is even eating an ice cream. The last coal-powered steamer in the UK is blowing its horns for the onlookers - getting cheers every time as it boosts people's morale.


    Guinness World Records has confirmed that the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant has set a new world record for the number of boats taking part in a parade. The previous record - now smashed - was 327, set in in Bremerhaven, Germany, last year.


    Some of the best shots of the action are from the air.

    Flotilla from the air

    The organisers of the river pageant say 1.2 million people were in London for today's events.


    We're getting towards the end of the flotilla now. About 40 passenger boats are going past the Queen - the sort you see ferrying tourists up and down the Thames on a daily basis.


    Rachel Appleby in Lincolnshire has thrown a canine Jubilee party. "They are all my cocker spaniels, bred by myself. Their ages range from 11 down to one."

    Dogs on a sofa at a Jubilee party

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    Speaking after his vessel passed the Queen, Ian Gilbert, skipper of the Dunkirk little ship Papillon, said: "When you're at the helm you tend to miss a lot of what's going on because you're just so focused, but it was very enjoyable and it was all worth it. I don't think anyone will put a show like this on again in our lifetime."


    We're hearing that the fly-past by helicopters and a Swordfish bi-plane may have been cancelled due to the weather. More details when we get them.


    The fly-past, which would have marked the culmination of the pageant, is cancelled due to the weather.


    A group of nine helicopters had been due to fly past the Queen in a diamond formation, but sadly the weather - in particular, the poor visibility - has scuppered that plan.


    Earlier we mentioned that the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant had been recreated in minature on the duck pond at Goudhurst in Kent. You can see pictures of it here.

    Via Twitter Rhona Paterson

    texts: "Shame the Flotilla couldn't have been on the Clyde - no rain here! Long live the Queen. Scotland loves you. In rain or shine, united we stand."


    Another great image earlier as the Queen's barge passed two London landmarks - St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge.

    Royal Barge passing the Millenium Bridge

    We're now seeing the final vessel arrive beside the Queen - that carrying the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They've been playing throughout the seven-mile journey from Hammersmith and now strike up Land of Hope and Glory.

    Via Twitter Kate E Jamieson

    tweets: "That is the most British thing I've seen all day. Makes my life. Drenched, windswept and still singing Land of Hope and Glory."

    Via Email Adrienne Rorden from London

    emails: "I went to see the river pageant and was highly disappointed. Through Shad Thames the entire riverside was blocked off for those with reservations even though there was plenty of space. The only place we could see the festivities was on a big screen at Tower Bridge."


    And here they are - the rainsoaked member's of London Philharmonic Orchestra singing Land of Hope and Glory.

    member's of London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Via Twitter Ellen Branagh from the Press Association

    tweets: "We finally seem to be getting to the end - shame there's only six people left on Tower bridge including me"

    Via Email Keith Young in Northumberland

    emails: "I think that The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are quite amazing considering what age they are. They have stood all through the wonderful Jubilee River Pageant, a feat that many people much younger could not do. God bless her".


    The Queen, Prince Philip and others on the Royal Barge nod along with Jack's the Lad - that familiar tune from Last Night of the Proms that gets gradually faster and faster.


    After Rule Britannia, the National Anthem itself its played.


    Fireworks now burst forth from the top of Tower Bridge. Sirens then blare out from a nearby steam boat as the bridge itself closes.


    The festivities are coming to an end, just over half an hour later than planned.


    The Queen is now leaving her riverside vantage point and only now picks up an umbrella - some three hours after she first braved the elements.

    Via Twitter Bob Sanderson

    tweets: "Respect to the singers of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the Thames, soaked to the skin yet obviously having fun. Well Done"

    Via SMS James

    texts: "It makes me incredibly proud to be British. It has brought a tear to my eye."


    Here's the Queen leaving the barge, bringing an end to the festivities.

    The Queen

    Fireworks bursting from the walkway of Tower Bridge marked the culmination of the day's celebration - celebrations which were at times eccentric, mostly wet, very British and enjoyed by millions.


    Today's festivities might be over, but celebrations continue tomorrow when the main event is the Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace. Starting at 19:30 BST, the line-up includes Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney and Sir Cliff Richard.


    When the concert ends at 22:00 BST, more than 4,000 beacons will be lit in the UK and around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign.


    You can follow all the action in a special programme on BBC One - featuring comedians Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry and Lee Mack - from 19:30 BST. We'll also keep you up to speed here on the BBC News website and on BBC Radio.


    Thanks very much for joining us and for all your contributions, but now that's it from us. For those making their way home from the Thames good luck and have a safe journey.


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