An update from Shelley Berg, professor of dance in Meadows School of the Arts:
We were all at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant party this morning at Battersea Park, which was packed with people waving souvenir flags, cheering and watching the spectacle of 1,000 boats moving down the historic Thames River from the Albert Bridge through the famous Tower Bridge.
The Queen’s boat, the Spirit of Chartwell, was resplendent in red and gold, bedecked with hundreds of flowers and flanked by dozens of rowboats, gondolas, cruisers, steamboats and historic vessels, including some of the Dunkirk Little Ships. The Royal family, including the Duchess of Cambridge in a stunning red dress and matching “fascinator,” boarded their vessel quite near me, and I was able to see the magnificence of the pageantry the British do so well, and hear the joyous peals of bells and the resounding enthusiasm of the crowds. The weather is in keeping with the British sensibility of the occasion – chilly, windy and intermittently drizzling, but it hasn’t dampened the spirit of the people lining the river banks.