Rugby Sea Cadets lead Queen’s barge in Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in London

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SEA Cadets from Rugby joined others from across the UK to lead HM The Queen’s Jubilee barge, Gloriana, down the Thames on Sunday in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

Cadets have been training hard in preparation for the huge event as they were one of the main focal points in a huge procession of over 1,000 vessels on the Thames to honour the Queen’s jubilee as part of a huge Thames pageant, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 1717.

The crew leaving the shore near Putney bridge just getting ready to join the Pageant.

The crew leaving the shore near Putney bridge just getting ready to join the Pageant.

Cadets aged 12-18 were part of a 55-strong team of Sea Cadet boats from all over the country, each one carrying a flag to represent a commonwealth nation, sailing in a diamond formation on an 11km route from Wandsworth to Greenwich.

The Rugby crew flew the national flag of India as part of the 56 boat fleet representing all of the countries of the commonwealth.

The boats, Trinity 500’s, were specially designed for Sea Cadets last year by Olympic dinghy medallist Jo Richards.

Captain Sea Cadets, Capt Mark Windsor RN said: “This is a great honour for us, not least as HM The Queen is our Patron, but it also offers our cadets an incredible opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime event, to be part of history.”

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant (SCC) Stuart Glover RNR said: “We are honoured to be able to take part in this prestigious event and our cadets, who represent many parts of Rugby are lucky to have the opportunity to take part.”