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Crowds watch flotilla sail down the Thames in tribute to the Queen

Crowds gather to watch luminescent flotilla of 150 boats sail down the Thames in touching nighttime tribute to the Queen

  • The tribute to Her Majesty was part of an installation called ‘Reflections’
  • The boats were attempting to recreate a beautiful ‘nighttime Canaletto scene’
  • Among the procession, which began at Albert Bridge, was Royal Barge Gloriana
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Crowds gathered to watch a flotilla of 150 boats sail down the Thames in tribute to the Queen this evening. 

The luminescent tribute to Her Majesty was part of an installation called ‘Reflections’ and was originally planned to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The glimmering boats were attempting to recreate a beautiful ‘nighttime Canaletto scene’ – the Italian painter who’s best known for his canvases of Venetian canals.

Crowds gathered to watch a flotilla of 150 boats sail down the Thames in tribute to the Queen this evening

The luminescent tribute to Her Majesty was part of an installation called ‘Reflections’ and was originally planned to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

Among the procession, which began at Albert Bridge, was the Royal Barge Gloriana. 

Footage showed the crew using illuminated oars to row through the water.

The flotilla hopes to raise £20,000 for the RNLI, with the money going towards a new lifeboat station at Waterloo Bridge. 

The glimmering boats were attempting to recreate a beautiful ‘nighttime Canaletto scene’ – the Italian painter who’s best known for his canvases of Venetian canals

Among the procession, which began at Albert Bridge, was the Royal Barge Gloriana

Footage showed the crew using illuminated oars to row through the water

The flotilla hopes to raise £20,000 for the RNLI, with the money going towards a new lifeboat station at Waterloo Bridge

The flagship was the Queens rowing barge Gloriana – Reflections, Totally Thames festival – a dusk/night time flotilla of boats on the River Thames

Originally planned as part of the Platinum Jubilee, the flotilla will mark Her Majesty’s passing and the accession of King Charles III

Approximately 150 boats, including the Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana, lit with fairy lights and other lights go from Chelsea to Tower Bridge, which will be lit purple

Promoted as part of Totally Thames 2022, Reflections is organised by Thames Alive together with a group of people who played a central role in the delivery of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012

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