Thames Pageant

Diamond Jubilee

Crowds Gathering Before Thames Pageant

Before Thames Pagent

The day of the Thames Pageant and I arrive along the South Bank just before my afternoon shift. The Big Lunch is already in full swing at PiccadillyFood obviously being the main theme, with many of the local Picadilly business providing special items. Here on the South Bank the crowds are building quickly in anticipation of The Flotilla…

Morning Shift

The Morning Shift LA’s are busy helping out. Although today, most people know where they are going, or at least the direction they are meant to be facing – The Thames!

Thames Pageant

My uniform on and armed with our resourses, the above is a view from outside our Pod. It gets so busy at one point that the Police have to shut off the area by Golden Jubilee Bridges / Hungerford Bridge to let the crowds disperse. This is after that, at 2.30pm when the boats begin to pass…

I don’t get to see much of The Flotilla itself, as there is a crowd of about 6 rows deep in front of us and I am short. But one of the LA’s has remembered to get a couple of the cardboard periscopes that were being given out at Waterloo Station. So most of us spent the next hour or so viewing snippets of The Flotilla through these.

I catch The Royal Barge for about 3 seconds and then the Dunkirk ships. Also hear some of the Celtic style music on the Music Barges. Although due to the general noise we don’t hear much except the foghorns! More info on the types of boats that make up The Flotilla and The Thames Pageant explored by The BBC.

There is still a fair amount of helping to do as there are quite a few elder folk who are cold, lost. Disabled people in need of directing to a more suitable location. Those who want to know the best place to see the Pageant if they are short, 20 minutes before the Queen is due…. unfortunately we are not miracle workers!

Thames Pageant

Later, I make my way up to the Riverside Cafe for a cup of earl grey tea and a chance to sit down. By now the rain has set in and the Pageant is drawing to a close, but I catch a glimpse of the tail end of the Passenger Boats. Most of the crowds by now have dispersed – warming up inside by the look fo the Riverside Terrace Cafe in Royal Festival Hall!

Here are a few time-lapsed photography videos of The Thames Pageant: Time Out, Hello Magazine have one here and here. And Chris Lyes, a London Ambassador on the morning shift has his version.

Thames Pageant

There are slightly different London Ambassador Team combinations each day during the Diamond Jubilee Volunteering and here are some, but by no means all, of the Saturday 3rd June Team. Tired from the rain but still enjoying the work. We also had some of the Young London Ambassadors with their Mentors with us today. The London Ambassadors Programme is also extended to younger people who want to take part.


London Ambassador Pod

Diamond Jubilee

The morning shift London Ambassadors in full swing!

Here To Help. London Ambassador wandering South Bank

Walking (usually in pairs) up and down the South Bank so we are visible to help assist Jubilee visitors and Londoners

Our Ariel Map of Central London

These maps either side of the Pod were very popular with both visitors and Londoners alike. Many liked the fact you got an ariel view of Central London and used it to plan their sightseeing routes that day, their work routes in anticipation of The Games or just have a chat about their knowledge of London.

Jubilee Gardens

jubilee gardens

jubilee gardens and london eye

Diamond Jubilee

The newly revamped Jubilee Gardens is looking fantastic!

I arrive for my London Ambassador shift on Saturday 2nd June a little early, to absorb the Diamond Jubilee atmosphere along the South Bank. There are still some parts of Jubilee Gardens fenced off, the turf is that freshly laid!

But many Londoners and visitors are taking advantage of dry and slightly warmer weather, to just relax in the unveiled space that has been under wraps for many months now.


Diamond Jubilee on South Bank

Our Resources

Diamond Jubilee

I was fortunate to be one of the London Ambassadors chosen to test ambassador’ at the South Bank over the Diamond Jubilee 2nd – 4th June.

London Ambassadors had 4 test pods: a concertina pod at Marylebone Station, a kiosk pod at Green Park, a mobile pod at Richmond Park and our experience pod at South Bank.

I’ll be posting a few one-off photographs now. But will include the majority of the Diamond Jubilee photos in the general storyline when I write it up in a few months

More on the Diamond Jubilee and the festivities in London. There are many exhibitions still on to see throughout the summer!