'A Venetian Gondola from City Barge Rowing Club. The Querini's
Disdatona is commanded and crewed by highly skilled and
experienced Venetians to whom boats and boat handling are
second nature. Venice has strong historical trading links with
England. For King Charles II wedding procession two gondoli
closely escorted the Royal Barge. ' ( see this for a description of many of the boats)
The BBC remark? "Nice to see the Venetian gondoliers resting on their oars. They've actually made it all the way. Bit different from what they're used to."
The Pageant was absolutely unwatchable on the BBC. That man in a too-tight grey suit stretched over his little belly, the woman in a dress inappropriate for sitting down and inappropriate too for a person of her age. The refusal to show us the boats; the inanity, vulgarity, patronising ignorance, grotesque self regard. Who were those people?