LONDON (eTN) - The Queen's Jubilee celebrations may be over, but the UK is still ready to party with the attention now on the Olympic Games, which are due to kick off in just over a month.
There are few remaining signs of the Jubilee festivities apart from the occasional bunting, which can be seen fluttering forlornly in the cold damp winds. However, the unprecedented scale of the festivities will be etched in people's memories for ever.
Looking back at the highlights, the river pageant was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. One has to be brave and resilient in Britain to enjoy any large public event a point recognized by the organizing team: âThe River Pageant was a spectacle that may never be repeated, and was enjoyed by millions in the UK, and many more around the world. The terrible weather brought out the best in the throngs of crowds lining the river and all of those responsible for the boats, especially the rowers, whose efforts were heroic. It was a great British event, and the great British weather ended up playing its part.â
Despite the cold, wet conditions, the flotilla set off as soon as the Queen, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the immediate family were on board the Royal barge, which had been lavishly decorated in crimson and gold and adorned with flowers from every corner of the Commonwealth.
There were cheers, whistles, and waves from spectators as the boats set sail, many packed with celebrities clasping champagne glasses in their hands. All manner of vessels made up the flotilla in scenes reminiscent of a Canaletto painting: boats that had taken part in the Dunkirk operation during the Second World War, crafts from the Commonwealth, steamers, tugs, gondolas, dragon boats, a Maori war canoe, dinghies, and kayaks. There was musical entertainment as boats floated by carrying orchestras, choirs, and military bands. Jane Fenton, a singer on board one of the boats, said, âTo be part of the Thames River Pageant on Sunday, June 3