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HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

It won’t have escaped your attention that this weekend marks 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Trinity House is very proud to be participating in two national celebrations: the River Pageant and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons.

On Sunday 3 June over 1000 vessels will take to the River Thames to participate in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. This event will be one of the largest ever to have taken place on the River Thames and Trinity House is honoured to have three vessels in the procession.

In the man powered boats section we will have our Thames Waterman Cutter Trinity Tide and the SVS built gig Mermaid. We are also highly honoured to be able to exercise our traditional role of escorting the reigning Monarch when at sea in territorial waters, and Trinity House Number 1 boat (pictured right) will precede The Spirit of Chartwell, The Royal Barge in the Royal Squadron section. On board Trinity House Number 1 boat will be HRH The Princess Royal, Master of Trinity House.

Also included in the pageant are 55 Trinity 500s, crewed by Sea Cadet units from all across the UK. The vessels are named in recognition of Trinity House, as the Corporation donated £250,000 to the Sea Cadets to allow them to purchase these vessels, in celebration of our quincentenary.  

The Pageant, which starts at 1400, will be broadcast live on the BBC, ITV and Sky. More information about the pageant can be found at:

On the evening of Monday 4 June over 4000 beacons will be lit across the UK in commemoration of Her Majesty’s 60th year. Fourteen of the beacons will be lit at Trinity House locations by our colleagues. Those locations are:

Harwich Pier
North Foreland
Portland Bill (pictured left)
St Catherine's
Berry Head
Heugh Hill
Lundy South
St Ann's Head
South Stack
St Bees

The first beacons will be lit at 2200. Our beacons, plus those of the Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights, will be lit at 2224, and the event concludes with Her Majesty lighting the last beacon in central London at 2230.

More information about the beacon lighting can be found at:



Notes To Editors

Trinity House

Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England and Wales, with responsibility for nearly 600 Aids to Navigation, from traditional aids such as lighthouses, buoys and beacons to the latest satellite navigation technology. In addition it inspects over 10,000 local Aids to Navigation provided by port and harbour authorities, and those positioned on offshore structures.

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514, the Corporation is also a major maritime charity, wholly funded by its endowments. The Corporation spends around £4m each year on its charitable activities including welfare of mariners, education and training, and the promotion of safety at sea. It is also a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority.