Hard work at school paid off for four pupils who were chosen as official passengers in the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The four children from Blue Bell Hill Primary School, in St Ann’s, Nottingham, were among 35 guests invited by Experian to be aboard the Notts vessel, Rum Jungle for the pageant at the beginning of June.
More than 1,000 boats from across the UK took part in the event on the River Thames in London to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Mauro Gomez, 10, Tyler Bell, 10, Lydia Fisher, 11, and Arianna Osorio, 10, were chosen by their school because they had worked so hard over the last year.
Mauro said: “When I found out my bottom lip dropped. My two sisters are really jealous.”
Lydia said: “It’s a real honour to get to go on the boat. It’s unbelievable.”
Tyler said: “We’ve been learning about the Queen in class and we’ve been looking at the 1970s and 2000s, so learning about the silver and golden jubilees.”
Experian invited the children because the school is a community partner of the company.
Nic Williams, director of business and community at the school, said the four pupils had all been bought new uniforms and shoes for the event
He added: “We selected kids who have made the effort over the last year and represented the school well.
“The children have had gold invitations addressed to them sent in the post directly to their houses. It’s like the Queen invited them to London personally.”