Above: 1000 ships chug upstream in preperation for the start of the grand flotilla at Putney
Here are some pictures from a lovely wet, rare and grand maritime flotilla parade featuring the Queen on the Spirit of Chartwell, adjoining were the mighty but little ships of Dunkirk used in 1940 to rescue British and French servicemen from the frontline during World War Two) followed by military torpedo boats, steamers, junks, recovery services and musical ships, tugs, floats thus harkening back to a time when the Thames was indeed a mighty busy waterway.
A thousand ships on the Thames, in what was ultimately a quintessential British event. The weather held out, till the end and we all adjourned for a much needed privvy break (I dont know how the queen did it, stoically standing to attention for almost 2 hours in the stiff wind, wet drizzle follwoed by the heavens opening good and proper as the grand finale finished with a 41 gun salute! It near shattered the window panes!
The Event in Pictures
Heavy rain meant the remaining ships deciding to pick on speed towards the final line marked by the raised bascules of Tower bridge
Earlier in the day, the Thames River started with a fine wet mist and drizzle as early crowds choose prime locations to wait out the next 7 hours
A fitting end at night, whereby the rain kept raining , raining some more, and continued to rain ever more into the wee early hours of the morning. Taxis were rare around the Shard and because it was Sunday, the only joints open at 2300 were Burger king, MacDonalds, or a small French baguette stand.