Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant


Today was the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

We had decided that we would go and watch along the river, but when we woke up and saw the weather outside, we debated whether or not we should still go.

It was wet and miserable.

But for England, it just seemed so fitting.

So we did end up going and watching the pageant.


I should mention that I made a special t-shirt last night for Josh to wear today. I was determined to get some cute photos of him actually wearing it outside.

Here he is before we left. I think it turned out pretty good.


We first went and walked around on Westminster Bridge, by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.







Because the bridge was closed to traffic, I was able to get a few cute photos of Josh running around on the bridge, something which he’ll probably never have the opportunity to do again.


We then went and walked west, towards Lambeth Bridge, where we managed to find a spot along the river to watch.

Thankfully it wasn’t raining while we were waiting. But we did wait for a long time. Probably around two hours. And if it’s hard for adults, you can imagine how hard it was for an almost two year old. I was really proud of Josh.

This is how much space he had to move around in.


I was so glad we had brought a lot of snacks.


Eventually the flotilla made its appearance.


As did the Queen’s barge.


Can you see her? She’s there in the white.


So we were able to see the Queen.

If anything, I found myself thinking I was really glad we ended up going, despite the crowds and the weather. It is a once in a lifetime event and I got some great photos of Josh watching the boats, which hopefully he can share with his children and even their children someday.



5 responses to “Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

  1. I’m so glad you did this–it’s a once in a lifetime event!!
    Love the t-shirt, too. You’re so clever. šŸ˜‰

    • I’m really glad we ended up going! I don’t think there were many other kids Josh’s age there (probably because their parents are more sensible!) so hopefully he will have a unique experience to share someday! And you are so kind about the t-shirt! It is cute though a shame it wasn’t warmer so he could show it off! I’m hoping it will earn me some brownie points with Tim who thinks I’m always trying to convince Josh he is more American than British! šŸ˜‰

  2. Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing, and Josh looks adorable in his shirt. šŸ™‚

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