At midday on Wednesday 9 September, a flotilla of historic vessels, leisure cruisers and passenger boats will take part in a procession on the River Thames to mark the day on which Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history. 

This date will mark the 63 years and 216 days since The Queen came to the throne.

The procession will feature vessels such as Havengore and Gloriana, which participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012, as well as the fireboat, Massey Shaw. It will begin east of Tower Bridge at midday, with the vessels sounding their horns for one minute. The bridge will lift as a sign of respect and as the procession passes by HMS Belfast, a four gun salute will sound and Massey Shaw will shoot jets of water into the air. 

Helps us create a wave of applause

Head to river and help create a 'wave of applause' in honour of Her Majesty as the colourful flotilla passes by. The procession will end approximately thirty minutes later outside the Houses of Parliament with a final fanfare and ‘three cheers’.  Click HERE for a map of the timing and route of the flotilla.

Join the procession on the river!

For a close up view join the procession with City Cruises!

Departs from Tower Pier at 11.30am (boarding at 11.15am) and returns at 2pm

Standard ticket:
Adult (18+): from £39.00 / Child (5-17): from £39.00**  ** If a child from 0-4 years would like to have a seat and be served a meal, the full rate will be charged.

Ticket includes:

  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine or soft drink and canapés*
  • 2 course lunch*
  • Live themed commentary and musical entertainment
  • Licensed cash bar available

*City Cruises does not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts.



The river between Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament