Scenes from the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla

Having a toddler in tow we decided to stay closer to home on Sunday and given the weather forecast we were proved right. We began the morning at Imperial Wharf which had a euphoric atmosphere provided by the crowds, but as the toddler is not one for waiting patiently for any length of time, we decided to retreat to Bishops Park which is only a 5 minute walk from home.

Bishops Park was also packed to rafters but we managed to find a great spot to watch the boats go past. It was really a once in a lifetime experience, everyone was so jolly and up for a laugh both on the boats and on the riverbank. I surprised myself with my strong patriotic pride whilst watching this extraordinary procession. The River Thames filled with 1000 boats is something I've never seen, and doubt I'll ever see again. Despite the threatening clouds and cold the crowds braved it out to catch a glimpse of the splendid river pageant. Here are some of my photos from the day:

This was actually from the night before when all the boats were moored waiting for the big day

 This was Matilda's favourite experience of the day, the steam engine crossing and hooting over the bridge.

Playing on the ole Joanna!

There were some great outfits on display!

My favourite boat of the day.

Strawberries and cream with Pimms at Fulham Palace.