Monday, 4 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee

June 2nd-5th 2012 sees the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II who is still going strong after an incredible 60 years of service on the throne. To make the occasion events have been ongoing up and down the country, with the railways doing their bit to join in the event.
Several operators have made the effort to mark the event with locomotive namings and re-paintings which have included a class 43, 47, 67 and 90.

DB Schenkers 67026 has been repainted into a special livery bearing the Union Jack and re-named 'Diamond Jubilee' for the occasion.
 One of the largest scale events to take place over the weekend was the Jubilee Thames Pageant in which more than 1000 boats sailed on the Thames through central London to crowds of onlookers and, of course, to the Queen. Despite the overall nautical theme the railways played their part in this event too (not to mention transporting thousands of spectators) with LMS locomotive 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' positioned over the Thames to mark the beginning of the event.
2601 'Princess Elizabeth' sounds her whistle to start the Thames Jubilee Pageant. On the boat below the real Queen Elizabeth II can be seen along with the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

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