Britons join their queen for a floating celebration of her reign
LONDON — It was the reign that launched a thousand ships, a vast flotilla that sailed down the Thames on Sunday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.
Canal boats, yachts, gondolas and tall-masted ships were among the hundreds of vessels that plied the river under gray skies, led by the barge carrying the woman who has served as British monarch longer than anyone except her great-great-grandmother Victoria.
The water-borne pageant down the Thames, the first such procession in more than 300 years, was the central event of a four-day weekend of celebrations of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Undeterred by sporadic rain and chilly wind, tens of thousands of spectators lined the seven-mile route, which snaked past some of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.
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"Britons join their queen for a floating celebration of her reign", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2012. Consulté le 03/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/britons-join-their-queen-for-a-floating-celebration-of-her-reign