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The Herald-Dispatch

People wave flags as they watch the barge carrying Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family sailing past in the river Thames, part of a 1,000-boat flotilla marking a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Gallery: Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee

Jun. 03, 2012 @ 04:48 PM

LONDON — The River Thames became a royal highway Sunday, as Queen Elizabeth II led a motley but majestic flotilla of more than 1,000 vessels in a waterborne pageant to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

In a colorful salute to the island nation's maritime past, an armada of skiffs and sailboats, rowboats and paddle steamers joined a flower-festooned royal barge down a 7-mile (11-kilometer) stretch of London's river.

With a crowd of rain-soaked spectators estimated by organizers at 1.25 million cheering from the riverbanks, the pageant was the largest public event in four days of celebrations of the monarch's 60 years on the throne.

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