On a wet and misty summer’s day the World turned out to watch the great Jubilee pageant of a thousand boats through London. The Royal barge – Gloriana – led the way and a flotilla of other craft made their way past the House of Parliament to Tower Bridge.
The last time such a procession happened was several hundred years ago when Canaletto painted the Royal Regatta going past St Paul’s Cathedral.
I love this image. It’s terribly British. “Shame about the weather!” we cried but it gave us the Queen’s barge, in glorious finery, continuing, as our monarch has for 60 years, regardless!
Monet’s 1871 painting of the Houses of Parliament shows the foggy London which was so typical at the time. Now those famous fogs are a thing of the past, but on
the memorable day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London was swathed in a beautiful misty rain. As the Royal Barge carried on regardless, accompanied by that amazing flotilla, the weather combined with the occasion to create an irresistible image.