Tudor River Pageant Sails Through Chiswick

Marking 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s coronation

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A magnificent Tudor flotilla sailed through Chiswick on Saturday 20th June to mark the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s coronation.

The Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Paul Lynch (pictured below) set off from Chiswick Pier to greet it, piped out the local Sea Cadets.

"We had a good turn out and children made lovely posies, ate marzipan Tudor roses, played Shove Ha'penny, made Tudor flags which they waved to Henry VIII and his entourage," said a spokesperson for Chiswick Pier Trust who organised various Tudor themed activities in the Pier House.

The spectacular river pageant travelled from the Tower of London up the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace.

King Henry VIII and his Queen aboard the Royal Shallop ‘Jubilant’ , were followed by a splendidly attired entourage of Tudor courtiers and musicians in a flotilla of traditional shallops and Watermen’s cutters.

June 20th 2009