St. Kitts & Nevis Flag Included in River Thames Flotilla

 
The celebration to mark the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second, has also tried to feature a strong focus on the Commonwealth. The Queen remains Head of State of 16, of the current 54 Commonwealth countries, including St. Kitts and Nevis, where she is represented by Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. The Governor General also headed a local committee that took charge of a series of activities, to mark the occasion. These activities are due to climax later this week with a church service on Thursday.
 
Performers from across the Commonwealth, including a steel band from St. Kitts, were booked to entertain over 50,000 spectators who were expected for a special concert at the Jubilee Family Festival at Hyde Park, London, from the Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd June.
 
But the spotlight of Sunday was the flotilla that created a new Guinness Book record, as the largest parade of boats anywhere in the world, when only 419 of the 1,000 boats had crossed the Tower Bridge, beating the previous record of 327 in Germany, in 20111.flotila
 
River processions were once common in London. The last comparable royal pageant was held for King Charles II in 1662, when diarist Samuel Pepys recorded boats so numerous he could “see no water.”
 
The spectacle is a tribute to Britain’s past – monarchs used the river as their main highway for centuries, and naval power built the island nation’s once-great empire – as well as to its abiding love of boats and the sea.
 
Tens of thousands of people ignored the persistent rain and camped out overnight to secure prime riverside spots.
 
The queen wore a silver and white dress and matching coat, embroidered with gold, silver and ivory spots and embellished with Swarovski crystals to evoke the river, as she and her husband Prince Philip were ferried by motor launch to the barge Spirit of Chartwell.
 
Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge – he in his Royal Air Force uniform, she in a red Alexander McQueen dress – and Prince Harry were among senior royals accompanying the queen on the river trip. Prince Charles and his dad Prince Phillip also featured prominently.
 
The flotilla was divided into ten sections, ‘Man-powered’, ‘Commonwealth Flags’, ‘Royal Squadron’, ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’, ‘Historic and Service Vessels’, ‘Working Boats’, ‘Recreational Motor Boats’, ‘Narrow Boats and Barges’ plus two final sections of passenger boats, with ‘herald’ barges separating each section, playing a variety of contemporary and classical music including pieces commissioned for the occasion.

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