Wandsworth centrepiece of Diamond Jubilee celebrations


Grand festivities are set to take place in the borough in June to mark the 60-year reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II.


By Hardeep Matharu

Wandsworth is set to be London’s jewel in the crown this summer as the centrepiece of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Grand and exciting festivities will take place in the borough in June to mark the 60-year reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will see a 1,000-boat tribute to the Queen set off from Putney on June 3, while Battersea Park will host to a day-long Jubilee-themed festival.

Organisers have said the celebration will be one of the largest public events ever held in London, and Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, is equally excited.

“It is a great honour for the borough to be chosen to play such a leading role in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations,” he said.

“The sight of hundreds of boats sailing alongside Her Majesty promises to be a once in a lifetime event that should not be missed.

“And to have Battersea Park welcoming visitors from around the globe and sharing in the celebration is yet another reason to look forward to it.”

The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park will have different zones for design, music, fashion, art, film and food from each of the six decades of the Queen’s reign. 

Other main attractions will include a fun fair, a bandstand tea dance, a mini-museum, seaside-themed craft workshops and a main stage with live music.

The festival will begin at 12pm, ready for the seven mile-long flotilla – which will take 90 minutes to pass any given point – and continue until 7pm.

The flotilla, which will head to Tower Bridge from Putney, will be divided into ten sections separated by musical herald barges playing contemporary and classical music. 

It will be led by a hand-built 88ft rowbarge called Gloriana, and feature modern rowboats, Dragon boats and boats carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations, Realms, Territories and Dependencies.

The Queen will travel in a new Royal Barge in the third section from the front.

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