Record breaking Thames Pageant

Narrow boats in pageant
Narrow boats from across the ITV Meridian region part of the record breaking parade Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant set a new world record for the number of boats in a parade. You can see all the highlights from an unforgettable day on the ITV News national web site here.

More than 1,000 vessels took part in the extravaganza, with 670 making the complete trip down the Thames to Tower Bridge, Guinness World Records (GBR) said.

The figure easily surpassed the previous record of 327 boats, set in Bremerhaven, Germany, last year.

Organisers confirmed some 1,000 boats made the journey from Hammersmith Bridge but said not all were included in the final count because some failed to display their registration numbers.

These were used by GBR officials to verify whether a vessel had covered the full distance.

A small number of boats were forced to withdraw from the pageant before reaching Tower Bridge.

"There were about 1,100 that took part," a spokesman for the parade organisers said.

"There were very few that did not come through."

The achievement adds to a substantial list of records held by the Queen and her family.

She is the world's longest reigning living queen and will, on September 9 2015, become the longest reigning British monarch ever when she surpasses Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years, seven months and three days, according to the GBR website.

The title for the overall longest reigning living monarch is held by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand, who ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and has reigned for nearly 66 years.

At the age of 86, the Queen is the oldest British monarch in history - four years older than King George III (1760-1820), who was king until the age of 82.

She also holds the record for the oldest British queen, which she took on December 21, 2007 from her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned until the age of 81 years and 244 days.

The website said: "The Queen's lengthy reign gives rise to another Guinness World Records title, longest heir apparent.

"Since his mother acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, Prince Charles has been heir apparent for over 60 years, passing the mark set by his great-great-grandfather Edward VII, who finally took to the throne upon the death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901 after more than 59 years as heir apparent."

The Queen's image holds the world record for the most currencies featuring the same individual.

Her likeness appears on the coinage of at least 45 different countries - more countries than any other living monarch.

Queen Victoria appeared on the coinage of 21 countries and the image of King George V appeared on 19.

The Queen also retains the wealthiest queen title, with a personal fortune estimated at £310 million, the website states.