Beaming: The Queen was greeted by Chelsea pensioners as she arrived at Chelsea Pier to board the launch that would take her to the royal barge
Awaiting crew: The Queen walks down the red-carpeted gangway to her launch
The colour scheme was chosen to stand out against the red, gold and purple hues of the royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, on which the Queen will enjoy an hour and a half long voyage today.
The outfit, created from white bouclé and threaded throughout with silk ribbon, is embroidered with gold, silver and ivory paillettes and embellished with Swarovski crystals to reflect the sparkling water of the River Thames. The neckline of the outfit is finished with a silk organza frill which also runs the length of the garment.
The Queen's hat featured a sculptural brim with a sweeping upward curve, echoing the waves of the water, with the crown of the hat made of the same material as the coat. Details on the beautiful headpiece include feathers han- dyed in Buckingham Palace by one of Miss Kelly's team, a sprinkling of yet more crystals and swathes of pleated ivory organza.
Red carpet treatment: Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Chelsea pensioners at Chelsea Pier and smiles as she walks down the red carpet - pageant Master Adrian Evans, the man who has organised much of the event, greeted the royals in turn as they arrived on the upper deck
Warm welcome: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were met at Chelsea Harbour Pier by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
Family affair: Queen Elizabeth (C), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2-L), Prince Charles (L) and other members of the Royal Family traveling aboard the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge
The Queen joined her family on board the lavishly decorated Spirit of Chartwell after a short journey on board the Britannia Launch to reach the spot where the royal barge was moored.
Pageant Master Adrian Evans, the man who has organised much of the event, greeted the royals in turn as they arrived on the upper deck.
Plush red velvet seats with a canopy were in place for the royal party to use.
The first squadron of the flotilla, made up of boats powered by oars or paddles, sped past the royal barge to take up their place ahead of the royal squadron followed by boats carrying flags of all the Commonwealth nations.
Time to sail: The Queen joined her family on board the lavishly decorated Spirit of Chartwell after a short journey on board the Britannia Launch to reach the spot where the royal barge was moored
All eyes on them: Members of the Royal Family (from left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry