Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant

Three Cheers for Her Majesty the Queen as the army’s loudest voice calls Royal Salute.

 

A Royal Salute to Her Majesty will launched the flotilla on its extraordinary route down the Thames, when - courtesy of Garrison Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 1) Bill Mott - the most powerful voice in the British Army shouts out the words of command from Battersea Park River Bank. Bill, a familiar sight at ceremonial events in London, is the most senior Warrant Officer in the British Army, responsible for ensuring immaculate turn out and top military standards in London’s formal parades. It will be Bill’s task to call the four hundred strong ‘Manpower Squadron’ rowing vessels to order as Her Majesty embarks onto the Royal Barge ‘Spirit of Chartwell’. Barking out the Words of Command devised specially for this unique occasion, Bill’s powerful voice will call all crews to cease rowing, and raise their oars in a Royal Salute to Her Majesty. Bill will then order Three Cheers to Her Majesty before ordering the Manpower Squadron to row on. Commenting on this unique honour, Bill said: “I’m thrilled to be asked to take on this huge responsibility. While used to shouting out commands on parades, this will be a new experience for me to order a Rowing Contingent to give a Royal Salute!” Bill is the senior Warrant Officer of the British Army, responsible for some of the most spectacular State ceremonial over the last decade, including the Royal Wedding last year and the recent Muster at Windsor.

 

WO1 MOTT: BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS Responsible for State Ceremonial military standards during all such events in London, WO1 Mott ensures that all military personnel are correctly positioned and understand their part in Ceremonial events. Garrison Sergeant Major William Mott OBE, is the senior Warrant Officer of the British Army, and is responsible for some of the most spectacular State ceremonial over the last decade. He was presented with an historic Warrant Officer’

 

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Taken on June 3, 2012