After a year’s hiatus the Lord Mayor’s Show has returned to the streets of London. Thousands of participants paraded through the City of London, including around 1800 military personnel from 35 separate Units.
Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lord Mayor’s Show was cancelled for the first time since 1852; this year it returns with gusto.
Celebrating a historical tradition lasting over 800 years when King John’s Mayoral Charter in 1215 decreed that the Lord Mayor of London must present himself to The Sovereign on assuming office.
Nowadays, the Lord Mayor is received by the Lord Justice of England and the Master of the Rolls on behalf of the HM The Queen and the procession has become an international spectacle combining state procession, military parade and carnival. Alderman Vincent Keaveny has been elected as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London.
Comprised of around 150 different groups of participants, many in startling historic uniforms and marching with floats and 200 horses, 140 motor, and steam, vehicles the procession is a sight to behold, enrapturing the crowds lining the streets as they pass.
As the procession marched, walked and danced from the Guildhall to the Royal Courts before finally returning to Mansion House, it took the procession around an hour and 10 minutes to process past each spectator.
Within the procession were representatives from all the Regiments and Units, Regular and Reserve, based in London. Spectators could pick out The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their gleaming breastplates, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery pulling their World War One 13 Pounder Guns or 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment ready to jump out of a cross-section of a C-130 Aircraft to name a few.
All of this is accompanied by music from civilian and military bands such as a number of the Massed Bands of the Household Division or from the Royal Navy, the Band of the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.
Of special note, was the awarding of the Cutler’s Sword to Lance Sergeant Evans of the Irish Guards, who is currently posted to the Army School of Ceremonial as a Flute Instructor. He won the award for showing unusual and exemplary ability as a Drums and Bugle Musician and performing to the highest standards as an infantry non-commissioned officer. The uniquely engraved sword was presented to Lance Sergeant Evans by the Lord Mayor himself outside the Mansion House in the City of London.
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