Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in East London today (April 25th) to officially name Gloriana, the royal barge will be a lead vessel – amid a flotilla of 1,000 boats from around the world – down the Thames River in London on June 3rd.
According to the East London advisor, the Queen’s Royal Watermen will row the boat (18 in total), including Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, while HM and Philip will sit on thrones in the Spirit of Chartwell.
It is said that Prince Charles came up with the river pageant idea, and will act as patron of said event. William and Kate, among other senior royals, will also be on the boat. The pageant route is over seven miles long, and passes under 14 bridges, according to Hello!
The pageant is only one of a number of celebrations marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (sixty years on the throne). On June 2nd, Queen Elizabeth will attend Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs, and on June 4th there will be a concert and fireworks at Buckingham Palace.
Despite gusty winds, Her Majesty inspected the gilded 94-foot boat. The Daily Beast reports that at one point, Philip insisted she take shelter from the weather.