1,000 vessel flotilla honors Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

1,000 vessel flotilla honors Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A general view of the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:31 AM

More than a million people lined the banks of the River Thames on a rainy Sunday in London to cheer Queen Elizabeth and a flotilla celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

More than 1,000 vessels sailed along a 7-mile stretch of the river past landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul's Cathedral before ending their journey near Tower Bridge.

The flotilla included rowboats, sailboats, gondolas, dragon boats and a replica Viking longboat. More than three dozen "Dunkirk Little Ships" represented the private boats that rescued thousands of British soldiers from the beaches of France in 1940.

The queen and her family led the parade aboard a barge decorated in red, gold and purple velvet.
 

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