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It’s not just the right photo, but I wanted to do something today to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

It was an historic day, as a flotilla of more than 1000 vessels made its way along the River Thames to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years as head of the British monarchy.

It was an extraordinary sight.

Boats and ships of all sizes and descriptions from around the world and people of all ages and backgrounds paying tribute with dignity, determination and heart. And, hundreds and hundreds of thousands more lining the river banks, cheering, singing, and waving the Union Jack.

And, of course, it was typical English weather – rain and cold, with a bit of wind blowing across the river.  But, spirits were not dampened.

And, the Queen, 86, and her husband, Prince Charles, 91, along with all their family, sailed along the river in a barge which had to be outfitted especially for the occasion.  The Royal couple stood for almost the entire four hours, taking in all that the celebration had to offer.

There’s a sonnet by much-loved English poet William Wordsworth. It was written over two hundred years ago, about his early morning view from Westminster Bridge, overlooking London and the River Thames, as a multitude of boats sailed along the river.  It seems fitting for the occasion, an expression of love for the city, the river and the people of England.

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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

William Wordsworth
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