The Queen's Jubillegal Head

The Queen's Jubillegal Head

Animal Control By Animal Control

We want to make a replica of the Queen's head, strap it to a barge and float it down the Regents Canal, leading a spectacular free-for-all Jubillegal flotilla, 1 day before the real thing!

Hackney Delivery stage

pledged of £375
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This project was funded on 12 Jun 2012!

Welcome to 'The Queens Jubillegal'. London's only EVERYBODY GET INVOLVED Royal flotilla.

On Saturday 2nd June scores of revellers will descend upon the Regents canal with all manner of flotation devices. Dinghies, rafts, canoes, kayaks, lilos, bathtubs, pedalos, rubber rings, rubber ducks, you name it. If it floats, we want it.

The idea is to get IN, ON and AROUND the canal as much as possible in a booming procession of absolute raucus nonsense.


But our flotilla needs the QUEEN to lead it - hence the mission to build a replica head to float on the canal.

The head/barge contraption will be designed by artist Hugo Fergusson and will be fitted with an internal sound system.

What we'll deliver:

  • Convert a barge into a 3 metre-high mock-up of the Queen's head
  • Fit Queens head with large sound system

Why it's a great idea:

Why should the Queen have all the fun??

She shouldn't. At least that's what we at Animal Control believe and so we've decide to do something about it...

The Jubilee will be grand. But not everyone's invited. So we've decided to create our own, wonkier version, complete with replica monarch. With your help we can make it happen.

Steps to get it done:

  • Borrow a barge from a kind person
  • Build superstructure around barge made from wood and chicken wire
  • Coat structure in papier mache skin
  • Paint skin so that structure resembles the Queen's head
  • Introduce contraption to the canal to give appearance that Queen in submerged to chin level
  • Spend any surplus funds on extra pearls for the Queen's neck

Here's the plan for the day:

At 11am on the morning of the 2nd June we will meet near Union Wharf in Islington (exact Location to be released close to the date - check our Facebook page!).

All crafts will take to the canal in the proper order with the lead boat (complete with onboard sound system, DJs, and giant Queens head) at the front.

We will slowly paddle, pedal, swim and splash our way along the canal partying, singing, whooping and laughing until we reach Broadway market.

Once at the lock we will gather together and celebrate the 60 years of our monarch by having a jolly good dance to some tunes supplied by the lovely people of Glade festival.

Themed boats are welcomed and have a better chance of gaining a higher placement in the procession.


This party will grow organically over the coming days. We have some HUGE collaborations lined up so keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

See you there!

Animal Control. x


Location Hackney

About the space

moving east on Regent's Canal, starting from Union Wharf



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How will the money be spent?Total £375

Materials (wood, wire netting, papier mache coating) - £210 (56%)
Tools, project management, fuel - £100 (27%)
Contingency fund - £40 (11%)
Other - £25 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Materials (wood, wire netting, papier mache coating)
Tools, project management, fuel
Contingency fund
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £375

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