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Think you’ve been at your job for a long time now? Not many of us can top Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The queen is celebrating 60 years on the throne this year.

Activities in conjunction with this milestone unfold over a specially extended Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend Saturday through Tuesday.

Of particular note is the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, in which more than 1,000 boats will muster along the Thames River in London. The procession starts at 2 p.m. upstream from the Battersea Bridge. The boats will assemble between Hammersmith and Battersea, and finally disperse from the Tower Bridge and West India docks at about 6 p.m.

Rescue vessels, rowboats, steamships and pleasure cruisers will be decked out with streamers and the Union Jack to salute the queen. Barges with music, boats spouting geysers, and even a floating belfry chiming in unison with church bells along the shore are sure to impress not only the queen but also us common folk. For details, see www.royal.gov.uk.


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