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  1. ptvdmerwe says

    These rushes are of the Thames Peace Pageant of 4 August 1919, marking that summer's formal conclusion of peace after the First World War, and the fifth anniversary of its outbreak for Britain in 1914. It was well reported in the press and was also notable as the last occasion on which the royal barge known as Queen Mary's shallop was used: this was built in 1689 as a gift from William III to his wife Mary II and was subsequently given by George V to the nascent National Maritime Museum,Greenwich, but only taken there and restored after WWII. This is the white barge (though, today just varnished) with the canopy which appears as apparently heading the procession in the early long shots, and in close-ups later. The procession went from London up river to Chelsea before turning and landing the royal party at a reviewing point, also shown. The press reports would allow these clips to be edited in a more correct order. NMM has further information and images inc. 3 paintings of the event.

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