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UK: Diamond Jubilee prepares for the Thames

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations got off with a bang in Britain on the first of four days of events to mark Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

It began with one of the Queen’s favourite days out – the Derby at Epsom – one day in the horse-racing calendar that the 86-year-old has seldom missed.

She is passionate about horses and has entered several into the race, though she has never won it.

In the Diamond Jubilee year, the bookies’ favourite Camelot romped home ridden by the 19-year-old Joseph O’Brien.

While the Queen was at the races, a thousand boats and ships were rehearsing Sunday’s spectacular. The River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is being billed as the most spectacular nautical event in London for more than three centuries.

The Royal party will travel on a gilded barge surrounded by vessels representing all aspects of Britain’s maritime history, from working Thames boats to the Dunkirk little ships.