Eyemouth harbourmaster’s boat is travelling down to this weekend’s River Thames pageant in royal company: in convoy with the tender from the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The same company is transporting both boats by road and the royal barge was brought down to Eyemouth harbour at Gunsgreen on board its lowloader this morning( Thursday, May 31) to wait as ‘Biscoe Kid’ was being lifted out of the harbour by crane.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, will board the tender at Chelsea Pier at the start of the river procession on June 3 and transfer onto the royal barge ‘The Spirit of Chartwell’ which will lead the flotilla of sailing vessels of all shapes and sizes. She used the tender countless times to transport her from Britannia to the shore on visits to islands where there was no harbour deep enough for Britannia to dock.
Despite the pouring rain there was an enthusiastic crowd (which included the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Major Alexander Trotter, his wife Julia and six deputy lieutenants) at the harbourside to see ‘Biscoe Kid’ loaded onto the trailer and set off on her journey to take part in the largest river pageant seen in this country for over 400 years - a major part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
And motorists between Eyemouth and London will be in no doubt about the destination of the boat on board the lowloader trailer - deputy lieutenant Ian Waddell having arranged a banner to go on the boat’s stern telling everyone the boat’s name, home port and destination.
Eyemouth’s other representative at the river pageant, the rowing skiff ‘Unity’ headed off earlier the same morning, and both will be part of the 1000 boat flotilla travelling ten miles down the River Thames from. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family will set off from near Albert Bridge, between Battersea and Putney at 2.30pm. However, the 1000 vessels will be mustering from midday between Putney Bridge and Wandsworth Bridge. The Queen is scheduled to pass under Tower Bridge at 4.30pm before disembarking at Presidents Quay near to the entrance of St Katherine’s Docks, from where she will review the passing pageant. The last vessel in the flotilla, The Symphony (carrying the London Philharmonic Orchestra on board), will pass under Tower Bridge at around 5.30pm. Although the official route comes to an end at Tower Bridge, the majority of the boats will continue on towards Greenwich.