PICTURES: Plymouth troops accompany royal barge down the Thames for Diamond Jubilee pageant
The Armed Forces, includimg service personnel from Plymouth, were out in force today to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the River Pageant.
The Queen and members of the Royal Family took part in a flotilla of 1,000 boats sailing along the River Thames from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge.
Accompanying the Royal Barge containing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were the Royal Barge Honour Guard (RBHG) made up of two P2000 patrol boats, two Picket Boats, two Rigid Inflatable Boats from HMS Diamond, and four Off-shore Raiding Craft from Plymouth-based 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.
The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines piped the boats down the river with a host of nautical tunes as they sailed behind the Royal Barge and in front of the Dunkirk little ships.
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The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Territorial Army regiment and the oldest regiment in the British Army, fired a 41 round Gun Salute from Canary Wharf at HM Palace and Fortress, The Tower of London.