Nobody in the world does pomp and ceremony like the British and the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show was no exception.
In 1215 London was a difficult place to govern filled with rich, well connected people. King John was in trouble running out of money and loosing control of his Barons. Discontent was turning into open revolt.
In order to keep the City on side the King was persuaded to issue a Royal Charter that allowed the City of London to elect its own Mayor with one important condition. Every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. This is the 800th year that the Lord Mayor has done this and over the years pledged his and her loyalty to 34 kings and queens of England.
The modern day Lord Mayor’s Show is a procession made up of more than 7000 people, 200 horses and 155 floats and at just over three miles it’s the longest parade in the world.
Although it was a wet and miserable day on Saturday the crowds still turned out all along the route to watch the floats and the marching bands.
Various companies that operate in the City are represented in the procession as well as different branches of the armed forces, the police and fire service.
The highlight of the procession for me was seeing the 250 year old State Coach which carries the new Lord Mayor from the Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back again.
Hopefully next year the weather might be a little better, I’m off to the pub to dry off and enjoy a pint!