The noisiest, largest, and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar took place on Saturday 9 November, bringing together over 6,500 people, 120 horses and more than 60 decorated floats in a major spectacle dating back to the 13th century.
William Russell was elected as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London and took office on Friday 8 November. Russell rode in the procession in the golden State Coach, which has been used in every Lord Mayor’s Show since 1757 and is the oldest ceremonial vehicle in regular use in the world. For context, the golden State Coach has been in use since before King George III took the throne.
“There is nothing quite like the Lord Mayor’s Show, in terms of size, colour, or ability to bring together so many diverse participants, including young people from London’s schools and community groups, in one celebratory and inclusive event,” said Russell. “Championing innovation, growing our global trade and investment, and promoting culture and the arts will be the three key themes of my mayoral year, all of which contribute towards making the City, London, and the UK such appealing places in which to live, learn, work, and visit.”
The annual event, which celebrates the City’s ancient past and modern outlook, enables the Lord Mayor to ‘show’ himself or herself to people across the City of London, as well as to swear an oath of allegiance to the sovereign.
The procession left The Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence, at 11:00 on Saturday.