How about you ? Did you manage to see it ?? According to the BBC the pageant will be broadcast all over the world so the chance is, you might probably have seen some pictures anyway..
The boat on which the Queen and the Royal party were taken down the Thames was called "The Spirit of Chartwell" and was beautifully done up with huge areas of flowers,- look at those purple lupins on deck!!
This looks the size of a small town garden to me !!
There were red and gold chairs and huge swags of red flowers all along the boat..
.. and Kate Middleton- or the Duchess of Cambridge as we now call her, looked absolutely stunning in a festive red outfit..
It really was very much the Canaletto painting with all the boats and barges that had come to life..
I have taken some pictures of which the quality is not too great, but just to give an idea...
Here is an impression of the Thames with all the boats on it.. just like Canaletto's time...here at Tower bridge....
.. ..............and past the Houses of Parliament..
.. and past Saint Paul's Cathedral.....
And boats and rowers from all over the world like these Maori chaps here...
picture credit BBC 1
..and some gondoliers all the way from Venice, Italy ...
There were loads and loads of boats and the spectacle was very festive..
And I think the Queen loved it, too.. here she is smiling and laughing at the chaps with the flags doing a semaphore on the Royal Festival Hall..
- and when the rain started to come out I noticed thay all had matching red umbrella's- such a colourful, cheerful and good idea !!!!
Well- Many Happy Returns, Your Majesty!!
What a great day!! I am sure everybody enjoyed it immensely..
Have a great Monday- and if you are in the UK - a great rest of the Bank Holiday Weekend!!