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you live. >> this is the biggest i've ever seen. an extraordinary explosion of patriarchic glee. 7 million are lining the streets all to watch what is the greatest river thames extravaganza we've ever had in the country and to go through every one of those boats we have richard quest who has claimed to be a boat expert. >> the boats you're looking at now, narrow boats and dutch barges that, of course, further back up the river -- >> we have video pictures earlier of the queen as she arrived, obviously all about her today. >> here's my question, richard. here she is looking lovely in white. i know a lot were papanticipati
would she wear white or pink? was she wearing white during her coronation? >> no, my understanding is why she's wearing white is so she clears out. >> notice her hat. >> this is on the "spirit of chart well." the duchess of cambridge looking magnificent with alexander mcqueen. prince william in his raf military uniform, prince harry's uniform and, right away, richard now talking about it earlier, incredibly unusual to see the queen, prince charles, her heir and prince william his heir all on the same vessel. >> i can't remember. >> security reasons why -- >> they never normally travel together. all together on one vessel. >> purely an exception because of this historic day? >> absolutely. no question built. they have thrown away the rule
book. only ones not on board, the spirit of chart well, the yorks and wessexs, and you've got along with the sort of the gloucesters and the kents are on other boats. >> becky anderson is in piccadilly, the mother of all street parties. having fun down there. >> we're at the biggest street party of all. for the first time in its history it is closed for all the right reasons i've been saying over the past couple hour, 2.5 million across the country are celebrating. thousands of them, let me tell you are here on piccadilly for the big lunch street party joined by i know your name is
>> i'm in the narrow boat section. if you look all around me these are canal boats and can't deal with the wind. a lot have a v shape. or other boats of motor power. we've been having a situation maybe a little bit like a bumper car situation that have been in one or two rear endings going on but all is well, we're looking good. we are in a fabulous formation. the rules are basically you have to keep a distance between these vessels of about one boat. so that's kind of the general rule of thumb. the other piece of advice, brooke, that i've been given, if you go overboard and standing close on the edge but the rule is that none of these vessels can stop and rescue you, you're basically on your own but there's a real sense of excitement here. there's a real sense of history as this cruises down.
helen of troy launched the face of a thousand ships. it is a moment where everyone is savoring. if you take a look, you can see so many people who are probability some of the more popular people in london because they have balcony views of the thames and foe till la. people have lined up for hours to see this pump, pageantry and patriotism. piers, brooke. >> yeah, this is an amazing spectacle and in terms of the weather. it was the same weather, 11 or 12 degrees on corps knonation dd rained ever since for queen elizabeth ii. >> you have your hat on and decided it will rain. >> my hat will tell me it's pretty miserable. we're british. we don't care. >> we're brimming with pride. go ahead, richard. >> the spirit of the boat
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>> traditionally the brits are stoic. with a stiff upper lip. to show that and go gaga over the diamond jubilee. >> who else does this. >> it's led by the queen and her family. "the spirit of chartwell." one of the greatest vessels i've seen on the thames. >> in the old days -- >> off with your head. >> married to king henry viii. these days a little less threatening. remarkable pictures at tower bridge. there are tens of thousands of people just here so imagining this for eight miles i would say there are well over a million people lining these streets. extraordinary spectacle. >> those are the boats representing the commonwealth because all the queen 's people
and all the countries she rules, all represented on the river today. >> there she is, majesty the queen, second longest serving monarch and currently second longest serving monarch, three years to catch up with the king of thailand. >> judging by those pictures -- >> it's approaching up and hear the royal jubilee bells as the flotilla comes forward with the craft. >> let's just listen in.
>> i've lived on the river thames on and off for the river thames and never seen a spectacle like this. a thousand boats down the thames celebrating the diamond jubilee of her majesty queen elizabeth ii on the throne since 1953, the famous coronation and here she is today still in charge. welcome to london watching live pictures from the diamond jubilee. i'm piers morgan. >> i'm brooke. and we can begin to hear the crowds behind us. to give you a geographic layout. tower bridge and beginning to hear the crowds screaming from the river banks of the river thames as this flotilla, as it
winds around heading toward us and london bridge and then tower bridge where we are. >> celebrating as i say 60 years of queen elizabeth ii's reign. she is here with all the senior members of the family on a special barge "the spirit of chartwell" towards us here at the tower bridge. joined by richard quest who is, as exciting as i am, just fighting it. >> i'm turning around like a topsy-turvy thing. we are looking at the pictures on television. they've passed london bridge so the bells of the royal jubilee bells are just moments away from where we are at tower bridge and that means that the the shirt of
chartwell is not far away. >> here she is. >> watching live pictures here with brooke morgan and richard quest at the tower bridge and literal literally several minutes away from the queen arriving. a magnificent barge. >> your iphone, you are trying to crane your neck to get a picture of this. >> this is the start.
we'll get our first pictures myself. >> this is the ursula katherine, eight bells, specially cast for today, the largest weighing half a ton called elizabeth and sent to the church. >> they've never done it before. this echo and reverberating. the noise is getting deafening. at tower bridge, 50,000, 60,000 people. >> the same foundry from 1517. cast big ben, cast these bells. >> the next boat behind it will be the gloryana, the royal road
barge, 16 or 18 oarsmen led by olympic champions and paralympic competitors, as well. people who served in afghanistan and the british armed forces rallying in front of the spirit of chartwell. >> absolutely, it was the spirit of chatwell. made partly from wood from prince charles' own estates. >> we are just getting going. the diamond jubilee back were the first floating belfry ever. do you see it ? there it is ! there it is ! where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ?
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her majesty literally sailed right behind us, and we get the real flavor of the remarkable atmosphere here. let's go to max foster, who we have somewhere in the bowels of this vast crowd. max. >> reporter: we're beneath you somewhere, but check out the crowds going that way. all seven miles of river, i have to say, have been backed up like this all the way along. they've had to stop crowds coming in. having a good time, guys? julie >> all: yeah. the glorianna has just gone by, and we have all the rowing boats coming across at the moment. this is the final section really. everyone is really waiting for the queen's barge. there will be more down there by that army ship, and then we're going to watch it all gi about. are you all set to see the queen? >> all: yeah. >> reporter: they've been waiting a long time. they had to get in very early. how early did you get here? 8:00. dedicated brits. >> so incredibly dedicated. it's amazing all these kids now. i was at hanley toy store the other day, and i was talking to an 8-year-old.
i said, who was the only other reigning monarch, you know, who reached a diamond jubilee here, and he said, absolutely, it was queen victoria. 8 years old. i want to bring in both of our guests here, dickey arbiter, former buckingham palace spokesman from 1988 to 2000. welcome to you. >> thank you. and pamela hicks, your mother was the queen's lady-in-waiting and we'll get into all those -- >> more importantly, you were one of princess diana's bridesmaids. >> brooke said that. >> way to pay attention, morgan. >> you're being drowned out by the noise behind us. look at these scenes. >> here's my question for dickey. as we take a look at these pictures and you see the queen looking so regal at the front of the spirit of chartwell, and looking at all these onlookers in london, and a billion eyes on her around the world, what must be going through her head? >> well, i think she's totally overwhelmed by what's happening? >> you do? >> you can imagine 1,000 boats, and she hasn't seen this many boats in any one place since 1953. it's a coronation.
when we really had a big royal navy. but this was completely overwhelming. not only are there 1,000 boats on the river, and there are tens of thousands of people lining the river, and we've heard the crowd here. we've seen them waving flags. i think we're overwhelmed as much as she is. >> does she get nervous, the queen? she's attended 60 years of celebrating events. not quite on this scale but from your knowledge of her, would she be feeling nervous today? >> no, she wouldn't be feeling nervous, but she would be overwhelmed because seeing so many people, seeing this enthusiasm. you know, we are told time and time again by the critics that the monarch should go, the republicans want to have a say. >> you're watching pictures here of -- >> her coronation from 1953. >> you actually watched that. >> i watched that on television on a screen about that big. it was very black and white. you had to have the curtains tightly shut. otherwise, you wouldn't see the picture. and it was terribly exciting. it was television in its infancy.
>> how does this compare, do you think, the celebrations we're seeing today to even the coronation itself? >> i think it's on a par because people were very enthusiastic in 1953. it was the -- after the wedding of 1947. it was the biggest thing we had seen where people camped out for days. the weather was just like this, like it is today. it rained for most of the time. >> it's chucking down now. >> it's pouring down rain now. i'm looking at india. she's smiling back at me. but we're going to work through it because everybody else is working through it and enjoying it as well. as we keep looking at the pictures, india, my question to you is this, as dickey talks about watching the coronation in '53 in black and white, it was your mother who was with at the time prince philip and the queen. she was princess at the time. and so it was your mother. explain that whole situation. they were in kenya on -- >> they had left feeling that the king was in relatively good health, although looking back of course you could see how frail he was as he went to the airport to wave off his daughter princess elizabeth. they were unbelievably close. they were away for a week.
and nobody had anticipated the king would die. in fact, the funeral clothes that a monarch always travels with had been forwarded on to australia. the news came through that the king had died. prince philip had to take her aside and explain that her father had died. how did she take it, he was asked and he said bravely. my mother said it was absolutely extraordinary. they had to get back to nairobi to fly back to england for the funeral and for the queen to become queen and the coronation. >> she went up the tree a princess and came down a queen. >> my mother said the whole world changed from calling her princess elizabeth or lillabet, which my mother referred to her, and she suddenly was a queen and a deep curtsy, and the relationship changed. >> it was an amazing moment when she came to fly back to britain when all the photographers -- >> don't tell my story. you're nicking my story. >> that's why you're here. your mother.
>> no, but it is extraordinary and especially you would appreciate being -- having come from that world of the press that when they got back to nairobi at the airport, the world's press had descended, and my mother said she looked, and all of the members of the press had placed their cameras on the ground and their heads were bowed in a sign of respect that the queen was in mourning for her father. >> i can't imagine at age 25 taking on that responsibility. so here's my other question, though, knowing that she's married and her husband now prince philip, duke of edinburgh, he has to -- she is his sovereign. he walks behind her. >> the shadow. >> yes. >> not only that, but their private life has gone forever. >> india, what does your family make of the way the queen has been since that moment, given they were there right at the start? >> i mean, unfaltering loyalty. you know, it is extraordinary to see how the monarch has adapted, and i do think that we see right
now that we have modernized our monarchy in the fact that there's some extraordinary statistic right now that 88% of the commonwealth in britain would want a monarchy, whereas a number of years ago that was faltering. we have adjusted. and here today we see, you know, what a celebration it is. >> the queen has reigned for 60 years. appropriately, it is now pouring with rain. will she be bothered by this? >> no, she won't be bothered by it at all. she's used to it. when she goes walkabout, if it's raining, she's got an umbrella. i'm glad india used the word the queen has adapted because that's exactly what she's done. she doesn't change. she adapts. that's what the monarchy has done for 1,000 years. it's adapted. it's evolved, and that's why -- >> when people say to you, what is the point of the queen, what is the answer? >> the answer is that it's -- she's a head of state. you can say what's the point of a president? you know, executive president, yes, they are voted into office. a ceremonial president is really the same as a ceremonial queen. >> the queen is above it all.
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we are about to see the spirit of chartwell the royal barge carrying her husband. >> you never see those royals from the same moving vessel ever. a unique occasion. security reasons, you never have the queen and her heir and his heir all together on one moving thing. >> let's listen. >> let's just watch this. this is incredible. ♪
>> you're watching these incredible pictures right behind us. this is the queen arriving at tower bridge for her diamond jubilee celebrations in the spirit of chartwell. it's quite extraordinary. the barge. it seems to go on and on and on. >> and on. >> it contains all the senior royals, and the ovation that the queen got as she went through the tower -- through the tower bridge, which was open for the occasion, i have not heard a roar like that in a very, very long time. it was really incredibly moving. this is nowhere, brooke baldwin, i would rather be --
>> than right here in the rain with me looking at the queen, right? >> my goodness. this is one of those lifetime moments i don't think i'll ever forget. >> we should mention this is a boat. this is the spirit of chartwell. this is something that they, the royal family, basically commissioned for this precise event, and they really worked it inside out. it's like this 17th century meets art deco kind of boat and you see these -- i kept looking at the flowers. there are something like 6,000 flowers here as part of this boat, and when you look at the front of it, is it turning? >> oh, my goodness. >> it's turning. it's pulling a 360 that we had only heard about. richard is nodding. >> the royal barge is now performing a rapid fire 360 turn. >> i have never seen a boat do this. >> i have never seen any boat that size do this. this is absolutely remarkable. >> so if you get a moment, when you see the front -- here she is. we were talking to dickey
arbiter, who had been a spokesman for the queen for two decades. a decade and a half. i said what in the world must she be thinking right now with all these shouts and bell chimes and 41 cannon salute, and he said she's probably overwhelmed. >> look how fast this boat is turning. this is really extraordinary. i had been told it was very high-tech, the spirit of chartwell. it had been brought right kicking and screaming into modern day technology and could do this kind of thing. it is literally revolving at pretty high speed on a 360 axis. quite remarkable. >> and these are the cameras on board this boat. i'm told there are six different cameras just to give us a better vantage of what's happening on board. part of the roof of this boat, and this is one of the reasons why they chose this boat is to have these two thrones. i have yet to see the queen sit down on a day like this. she's taking it all in. but there is a throne for her. >> we have to go back before it's turned around. we'll see, hopefully, very soon.
and boats and cheering -- >> cheers. >> cheering. this is scenes like i have never seen in my 47 years of being a british subject, and it really is quite remarkable. we're going to bring in some guests here now. katie nichol, you're the royal editor of the mail on sunday. in your time have you seen anything quite as magnificent as this? >> i don't think anyone has seen this. unless you were around 300 years ago, no. i mean, this is just -- this is the most spectacular thing. of course, we had the royal wedding last year. that was wonderful. takes a lot to top that. this is -- i mean, this is over succeed it. it is just the sheer scale, the sheer number of boats on this river and the reason that the spirit of chartwell has turned is that she will now pull up alongside "hms president" and she will watch the flotilla pass. it gives the queen an opportunity to see everything that we're experiencing. >> let's just remind everybody, this boat, which is huge, just did a 360 turn -- >> in the middle of the river thames. >> three or four minutes in the middle of the river thames. i mean it looks like it could do a 360 in about 20 days. >> it's a feat of engineering. there are lots of engines on board.
many of these vessels are manpowered, but you couldn't really put the queen on anything that involved oars. so she's going to get a wonderful vantage point to see what the british public, despite the rain, have enjoyed today. it makes you proud to be british, doesn't it? >> it's a wonderful moment. >> we see all the umbrellas. everyone is prepared on this flotilla, and i know it was so much prettier this time yesterday. you were at the darby. we'll talk about the darby, which was the queen -- she loves her horses. loves horse racing. i want to bring in the senior editor of "harper's bazaar." u.k., and you and the duchess of cambridge got the same memo today, wearing the red. >> i think it's the color of today. i think we probably chose, well, red, white, and blue, which was my uniform of choice. i think she got it totally right wearing mcqueen. >> alexander mcqueen, and she wore sarah burton from alexander mcqueen on her royal wedding day. >> i think she's looked the best she's ever looked. i think the fashion editors today are going to be cheering even more loudly than they did last we'rywe'reewe'reawe'rerwe..
>> i imagine that the royal household is cognizant of the younger royals not upstaging the queen on her day, on this 60-year anniversary of her reign. so it's interesting the choice, i find, that the dutchs of cambridge is in such an eye-grabbing, stunning color as red and then you juxtapose that with the queen, her majesty herself, wearing all white. >> which is very unusual, isn't it, for the queen to wear white. >> i think it's very unusual for her to wear white, but i suspect knowing the relationship that the queen has with catherine that they consulted each other -- >> coordinated. >> yeah. i absolutely think that because i don't think catherine would have worn something quite so strident had the queen not said absolutely go ahead. >> let's bring in becky anderson. she's in picadilly at the street party where they appear to be going absolutely crazy, becky. >> reporter: yes. we're going absolutely crazy too, sort of. this is a complete experience. you see me underneath the umbrellas that are sold in this shop by this young man, the
clan standing here. he has one of the few individually owned shops on picadilly on this historic day for the first time ever. this is main street, london. that's been closed down for what has been the most tremendous street party. even millie here. hello, millie. even she's got a little something on down there. listen, it's been an extraordinary day. there have been thousands and thousands and thousands of people here. they are still here enjoying the big screens, watching the footage that you have been watching today. it really has been the most extraordinary atmosphere. we've got -- knocking out a big old hog roast. what? are you stopping me? >> becky, we're going to leave you now. we're going to go to max foster who is down behind me in the crowd. i can tell you, it is now raining incredibly hard. i'm getting absolutely soaked. but i don't care because we are celebrating my queen's great jubilee and yours, max foster's. where are you? are you drowning?
what is happening down there? >> check it out. look at the crowds. look at the umbrellas. you still having a good time, guys? [ cheering ] >> this is britain after all. we're used to all of this. anyway, the middleton's boat just went by, so we had a wave from pippa, and then we have the roim barge on the other side there, and you guys -- who are you? corgi. >> corgi? have you enjoyed watching it all go by? >> it was wonderful. still enjoying it, guys? kids, yeah? >> yes. >> it's really fun. >> you don't mind the rain? >> no. it's chilly anyway. >> getting worse and worse, piers, but everyone is staying here. if we leave you with a shot down there, you can see all the flags waving and all the up problem las.
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welcome back to london. you're watching extraordinary pictures of the river shams. 60 gore otherwilorious years ane that should be experts. we saw one of my favorite parts which are the dunkirk, and these were 70 of the boats used on the day of dunkirk rescuing those british troops from the beaches there. what is the significance of having them here today? >> just the rain brings out the dunkirk experience for this anyway.
but i think just having that link to history and back to such an iconic event is hugely important today's because, of course, it links backs to her majesty's own wartime experience and her own wartime service. i think being able to put that thread, if you like, through history and links to the ireland nation and the royal navy and the maritime piece that is -- >> the first thing you said point queen and the war because one of the reasons she's so beloved, rather like her mother, was that in the war she could have disappeared and been squirreled away and hidden until it was all over, but she stayed here. she put the uniform on. she worked. stayed in london. as the bombs rained down, and i think that is part of the magic of the queen is that when it really mattered to her country, she stayed the course. we're also joined by peter vander mervin you are a general and cure ator of the national maritime museum. this for you has to be one of the great days, doesn't it? ato of the national maritime museum. this for you has to be one of the great days, doesn't iator of the national maritime museum. this for you has to be one of the great days, doesn't it? >> yes, that's right. splendid stuff. >> hey, let me -- if i may just interject. we're looking at the pictures, and you see this orchestra. it is the london philharmonic orchestra, and what's really fun
about that particular boat as it's the 1,000th is they will be playing quite the repertoire. i was spiking with the conductor the other day so when they pass in the rain, the mi6 building, the british intelligence agency, they'll be playing the james bond theme, they'll be playing dan buster's waltz when they pass by other locations, when they pass by the globe theater. play something from edward 6 m. why use the river as the backdrop, because we have never seen anything like this on the thames since 1600s. >> well, that's the whole point is that the river is for the modern age, a great neglected stage. i mean, up until the middle of the 19th century, this sort of thing happened regularly once a year when there was the lord mayor's procession which for 403 years took place from the city down to westminster every year as the new lord mayor of london went to swear his oath of allegiance. from the middle of the 1850s the
great stink of 1850 -- >> oh, the smelly river. i learned all about that the other day. >> they had to embank the river to stop that, and so, in fact, what happened is the engineering work stopped it to a degree. but also the speed of the river flowed up, and it actually -- and the steamboats had already taken over. >> from a naval point of view, how many of these boats are navy boats? >> well, we've had a number of them serving warship s today which provided the guard of honor for her majesty rsh every. >> these are active servicemen from the royal marines. >> we have a number of off shore craft from the marines that has an international link to it because we've got the officers and men and women from the royal australian, the royal new zealand, and the royal canadian navys as well, and we have two rigid inflatable craft that is used by us on a day-to-day basis, and, of course, hhs diamond kicks off the whole weekend on friday when she made a grand ceremonial entrance into portsmouth harbor. >> she's probably not ever
better protected than surrounded by royal marines, one of the finest. great regiments in the world. you're watching live pictures from the queen's diamond jubilee in london. it really has been a quite remarkable 40 minutes is all it's been, but already we've seen scenes the likes of which i don't think have ever been witnessed in the country or probably anywhere in the world. >> duchess of cambridge tossed on a scarf. did you notice that? >> she did. >> she's getting a little cold. can you see the plaid scarf. >> it is absolutely freezing. >> it's frigid. >> pouring rain. >> we will in the spirit of dunkirk, right? >> live pictures of the spirit of dunkirk. >> we're back after this short break. all energy development comes with some risk,
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we'll bring in two guests now. philip and gregory, a historian, and also mark dickens, former naval officer, and charles dickens, great, great grandson. welcome to you both. >> nice to see you. >> let me ask you, straightaway, i made a bold claim earlier that this may well go down in history as the greatest of all british monarchs. what do you think? >> no. >> no? >> really? >> >> no, she says. >> no. of course not. there have been other ones who have been in times of greater danger. i mean, elizabeth i with the invasion of the armada and arguably charles the i memorable. henry xvi very memorable. she's done it in the modern world. this isn't a world where kings or queens can be or should be that significant in the terms of great events. >> what about the evolution of the monarchy. when you look and i read the most recent biography of the queen in the 1990s were a tough decade with the divorces and the with the windsor fire. what does she call it, the -- annu sch
annus horribles, right? moving from that point on to today, how has she evolved? >> i think what she's managed to do is she really did bring it into the modern world what she showed was a modern family. then they went on to show us the difficulties that modern families have. so it stopp ped being a very, vy distant family hidden behind the palace walls treated with ridiculous amounts of deference. she pioneered the walkabout but having said all that you only have to listen to the coverage in england today to understand the insane defense is alive and well and flooding the airwaves. >> what would your great, great grandfather have made of this? bleak house? >> tale of two cities. he loved a great party and the pageant and did neat queen victoria at the end of his life. he didn't have much time for the royal family when he was younger but appreciated it towards the end of his life. >> your father was a --
>> when he was a junior officer, princess elizabeth, as she was and princess margaret would come on board the vick to ya and albert and he would have to play with her. >> leave us on that suspenseful moment. i take a short break and find out what your mother did with the queen. that's fantastic. the capital one cash rewards card gives you a 50% annual bonus. and who doesn't want 50% more cash? ugh, the baby. huh! and then the baby bear said, "i want 50% more cash in my bed!" phhht! 50% more cash is good ri... what's that. ♪ you can spell. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card. the card for people who want 50% more cash. what's in your wallet? ha ha.
back in london, you're watching the diamond jubilee at the to you tower bridges. have you ever seen anything like this. >> >> not at all. quite fantastic but very british with the weather like this. >> perfect. >> i have goose bumps. >> frenzied. >> i'm a drowned rat. back to your story. >> my father was on board the royal yacht and the job of a very young officer was to entertain the royal family. the queen was only 12 and her younger sister and the story was he would play hide-and-seek with her aboard the yacht. whether it's true or not, we'll