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Aussie rowers to lead Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee river pageant

IT'LL be Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! - ahoy! ahoy! ahoy! as Queen Elizabeth II sails on a royal barge down the River Thames as part of a huge pageant marking her Diamond Jubilee.

The flotilla of more than 1000 boats is the high water mark of the national celebrations for the 86-year-old monarch's 60th year on the throne.

And a team of Australian rowers, in nine surf lifesaver boats, will be at the head of the motley fleet.
"We keep being told that it's not a race, so we have to keep in line, and even though we will want to race each other, it's not a race," said Sarah Handley, 22, from Brisbane.

Nevertheless, it will be one of the biggest events of its kind in London's history.

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