Lord Mayor’s Show London
I’m supposed to be writing a post about my weekend in the Alps, but London keeps distracting me. This weekend, the City of London hosted The Lord Mayor’s Show, a procession of pageantry, history and tradition surrounding the swearing-in of the 685th Mayor of London.
The newly elected Mayor still floats upriver to Westminster to join a procession that includes Her Majesty’s Forces, The Honorable Companies of various tradesmen/women, local school groups, charities, policemen, local Londoners, a 350 year old state coach carrying the Mayor and accompanied by pikemen and (this year) a contingent of students from University of St. Andrews, 600th Anniversary celebration.
It was a great way to start the weekend. Hope you enjoy the photos!
In 1215, King John created a Charter with a provision requiring the newly elected Mayor of London to present himself at Court and swear loyalty to the Crown. This tradition continued though war, fire and plague and 800 years of London’s tumultuous history.
UPDATE: The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled for 8 November at 11am. You can find more information here.
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