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The Herald-Dispatch

CORRECT THAT THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IS AT RIGHT Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, centre, and Queen Elizabeth, look at the proceedings on the royal barge, the principal boat of a flotilla of 1,000 vessels, during a river pageant to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in London, Sunday, June 3, 2012. An armada of vessels, from historic sailboats and barges to kayaks, lifeboats and military launches, took part in Sunday's river pageant to mark the queen's 60 years on the throne. (AP Photo/David Crump, Pool)

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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