Just as the weathermen had predicted, an Atlantic low with associated rain front drifted in, and not even a Diamond Jubilee could prevent it. Low grey cloud, torrential rain and then lingering mizzle/drizzle dampened and flattened out the day.
The Jubilee Lunch on the Triangle Green below our flat was cancelled, just not enough marquee to go around; we delayed heading out to the Jubilee Family Event in Hyde Park until after lunch, and still got soaked; but not before we’d viewed the queues and decided that two hours standing in a queue in the rain really was too great a price to pay for either the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine Experience’ or the ‘Disney Extravaganza’.
Leaving the Hyde Park event early I was hopeful that I’d be able to see something of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Joe and I headed off in high hopes, from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road then down to Embankment.
We really shouldn’t have bothered.
Being forced left out of Embankment Station and marshalled away from the river towards Charing Cross and the Strand didn’t help, we never saw even a glimpse of the Thames, never mind the boats. All we did see was a vast army of good natured people, resolutely carrying furled Union Jacks, and all looking for some way to get within viewing distance of the river.
Me and Joe headed home and watched the rest of the event on the TV, as can be seen below…