Not only is Queen Elizabeth II the oldest serving Monarch she is now our longest serving Monarch. Today she exceeds the reign of Queen Victoria who was Queen for 63 years and 7 months. At 89 years of age the Queen is still working and today left her Summer residence at Balmoral in Scotland to open a new railway line there. She did not want a celebration in honour of breaking her Great Great Grandmother's record but in London the church bells were ringing and a very small flotilla including the Queen's barge processed up the river Thames.
The fire barge was following shooting water into the air. It did stop as it went beneath Tower Bridge so as not to soak everyone, looking on from the side of the bridge.
Once the bridge went down I dashed onto it to catch the rest of the ships and passenger boats. You can just see the fire barge with the water fountains and HMS Belfast on the left which did a four gun salute as the boats went past.
A little behind the others was this steam boat making all kinds of funny sounds as it emitted steam.