Isle of Man ‘Vikings’ join Queen’s Jubilee Pageant

The Royal Barge by Tower Bridge\@ The flotilla will feature 20,000 people on the water and travel under 14 bridges

A replica Viking longship from the Isle of Man has been selected to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.

The ship will join up to 1,000 other vessels in a Flotilla stretching about 12.5 miles (20km) on 3 June.

At the centre of the maritime event will be the royal barge, decorated in red and gold, carrying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The boats will journey down river from Putney to Tower Bridge.

The £12m cost of the pageant – which includes a £2m VAT bill – will be funded by private sponsorship and donations, according to Lord Salisbury who is leading the organisation of the event.

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