camping by the river

thames jubilee campers

As some of you may have been aware, this year is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – celebrating 60 years on the throne. It’s only the second time in the history of the country that a monarch has reached that milestone, the previous one of course being Queen Victoria. Long live our noble Queens, eh. On Sunday June 3 (59 years and 1 day since the actual coronation) a huge and historic River Pageant was planned, taking the royal party down the Thames followed by a large flotilla of boats. I was going to a street party in my old road so was unable to stand by the Thames in the rain with thousands of others (ah well, next time), so I went down to the river on the Saturday (June 2nd, 59 years since the coronation!) and sketched some of the people who would be braving the elements to see the Queen. This was down by Tate Modern, and the weather, while overcast, was very pleasant. The folks setting up camp had come from all over the UK, and the atmosphere was very happy. I think they were even looking forward to Sunday’s impending rain – nothing like a brolly, a cup of tea, a nice bit of cake and the Queen sailing by, Rule Britannia. Fair play to them. I sketched, and then moved on down the Thames to sketch some more.
sketching the jubilee campers

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3 thoughts on “camping by the river

  1. Melva Bates says:

    Hello there, follow your blog all the time. But, today you have made me so homesick. Just seeing your sketch of the impending river procession…… I have lived in Spain for the last 24 years, and I don’t know why but boy did I miss not being there for this great occasion. But, lucky you….
    Melva.

    • pete scully says:

      Cheers Melva! I miss being there sometimes too, and I’m glad I was there to catch a bit of this, the atmosphere at least. After last year’s riots, it’s nice to have some happy mood in London.

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