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November 08, 2014 Print

Lord Mayors Show

Lord Mayors Show

The Lord Mayor's procession winds through nearly 800 years of London's history, marching through everything from the black death to the blitz. In the 17th century it was inconvenienced by the building site that would later become St Paul's Cathedral, but the only time it has ever been cancelled was for Wellington's Funeral in 1852. In the twentieth century the Show was the first event ever to be broadcast live on television. In the 21st, it's a day out for half a million people, with millions more watching on the BBC.

The loyalty of the Lord Mayor is less questionable now than it was in 1215, but the newly elected Mayor must still make his way to the Royal Courts of Justice and pledge allegiance to the Crown, just as Dick Whittington did in 1397 (and again in 1406 and 1419). As you watch the Lord Mayor's coach go by, remember that someone stood in exactly that spot 450 years ago to watch a camel on its way to meet Elizabeth I.

The procession sets off from the Royal Courts of Justice at 11am

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