If you are on the Thames Path in London this Saturday you may see the Tudor river pageant making its way upstream.
The Royal Shallop ‘Jubilant’ will leave the Tower of London at 10am for Hampton Court. On board will be people dressed as Henry VIII, one of his wives and courtiers. They will be accompanied by a flotilla of traditional shallops and cutters.
It is all to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession. I am not sure there is much to celebrate since he destroyed so much. I see that the Queen has marked the death of Henry VII instead.
If you stay in the Pool of London you can see the Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister of Zimbabwe, who is visiting Southwark Cathedral at 1pm.
On Sunday, which is Midsummer’s Day, 800 saxophonists will come together on London Bridge for a musical fanfare marking the 800th anniversary of the first stone-built London Bridge. They are expected to arrive just after midday.
See pages 29-31 and 67.