Royal Barge among Scottish boats in Jubilee Pageant
- 3 June 2012
- From the section Scotland
Street and garden parties have been held across Scotland during the second day of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
In London more than a million people watched 1,000 boats take part in the Jubilee Pageant, organisers said.
About 20 vessels from Scotland were involved, including the Royal Barge from the Royal Yacht Britannia.
It transported the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Spirit of Chartwell then lead the flotilla.
The Royal Barge, which is normally docked at Leith, Edinburgh, was taken out of retirement especially to take part in the celebrations.
The vessel used to carry the Queen to and from the Royal Yacht Britannia, before it was decommissioned.
Hundreds of man hours were spent over the last six months sprucing up the barge and ensuring that she was fit, once again, for a Queen.
It was transported by road, along with two other escort boats, the 400 miles from Edinburgh to London earlier this week.
The Jubilee Pageant was broadcast live on a big screen in Festival Square in Edinburgh.
The capital is understood to have had a third of all of Scotland's street party applications.
Ten official street parties were due to take place in the city on Sunday.
A Royal Mile Afternoon Tea Party was also held in West Parliament Square with invited guests from local businesses, the local primary school and the Scottish Veterans Residence in the Canongate, as well as those who won tickets through an online competition.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said people up and down the country would take time over the weekend "to reflect on the contribution of their monarch to Scottish life as they enjoy the variety of events on offer".
He added: "Her Majesty has been, and continues to be, a great friend to Scotland, offering her subjects unparalleled dedication and integrity as she has carried out her duties throughout her reign."
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