Make sure you don't miss the flotilla of boats snaking its way up the Thames to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This promises to be one of the biggest and most spectacular events to mark the Queen's 60th year on the throne.
The parade will encompass the 14-mile stretch between Chelsea and Greenwich, and include a thousand boats of all description -- everything from small rowing boats and gondolas, to tugs, sailing ships and steamers. The flotilla is expected to reach more than seven miles in length, and feature vessels from the UK and the Commonwealth, headed by the Queen herself in the Royal Barge -- an ornate 18th-century-style royal galley powered by 18 oarsmen.
The flotilla will be split into ten different sections, each one headed by a "herald barge". The first of these will house a floating belfry of eight new bells, whose peals will be answered and echoed by the riverbank churches along the route.
Other barges will feature water jets, sprays, daytime pyrotechnics, and a mechanical flame-spitting dragon!
With the flotilla being so long, the timings are only approximate, but the Queen is expected to board the boat at Chelsea Pier around 2.10 PM for the 2.40 PM start. It is then expected to be at Westminster Bridge at 3.25 PM, Waterloo Bridge at 3.30 PM, Southwark Bridge at 3.45 PM and London Bridge at 3.50 PM. The flotilla will pass Tower Bridge at 4 PM and the Queen will review the pageant at HMS President at 4.15 PM. The event will end at 5.30 PM. The boats will then begin to disperse towards West India Quay and Greenwich.
The largest vessels (and the ones with the most spectacular sails), which are unable to pass under the bridges, will form a guard of honour each side of the river near Tower Bridge.
The end sections of Lambeth Bridge, Westmister Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge will be open for viewing only, and will have large viewing screens. Battersea Bridge, Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge will be open to pedestrians, but will be closed when the pageant passes. Southwark Bridge will be open to traffic only. Waterloo Bridge and London Bridge will be open to both traffic and pedestrians, but will be closed as the pageant passes. Albert Bridge, Hungerford Bridge, the Millenium Bridge and Tower Bridge will all be closed (unless you're an invited guest).
Large TV screens will be erected all across London, with most of them on the north riverbank between Chelsea and London Bridge. There will also be one in Hyde Park and St. James's Park.