Magnificent Tudor River Pageant at Chiswick Pier

To mark the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s coronation

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Oyez! Oyez! On Saturday 20 June 2009, a magnificent Tudor flotilla will sail past Chiswick Pier at midday to mark the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s coronation (24 June 1509).

The spectacular river pageant will be rowing from the Tower of London up the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace. King Henry VIII and his Queen aboard the Royal Shallop ‘Jubilant’ , followed by a splendidly attired entourage of Tudor courtiers and musicians in a flotilla of traditional shallops and Watermen’s cutters will pass Chiswick Pier at Corney Reach at around 12 noon. King Henry’s loyal subjects are invited to line the banks of the river cheering the King, his Queen and the flotilla as they pass by on their journey.

The Chiswick Pier Trust are opening up the Pier House and Pier from 11am to celebrate this historic occasion. Refreshments and period games and activities for the whole family will be there to enjoy. Learn how to make a Tussy Mussy, decorate a sweetie bag, enter our Design a boat competition, come and see the Tudors Afloat Display, play a game of Shove Ha’Penny and more! The Mayor of Hounslow will be piped out by the Sea Cadets to greet their Majesties at 11.15 am, so make sure you get there in good time to see all the action.

Chiswick Pier and Chiswick Pier House are at the end of Corney Road and Edensor Road, Chiswick, W4 2UG. Chiswick Pier Trust is a charity that puts people in touch with the River Thames.

For further details on events at the Pier and how to get there, contact the Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713 or log on at

June 4th, 2009