London’s Reserves and Cadets were out in force for the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Show with units from across the capital joining the parade. This spectacular annual procession celebrates the new Lord Mayor taking office and showcases the many different elements that make the City of London unique - celebrating its heritage, business, culture and communities.
The Lord Mayor’s day started early when he made his way by flotilla along the Thames from Westminster to HMS President. He was received by Commander Richmal Hardinge, the unit’s Commanding Officer. Naval Reservists from the ship’s company formed a Guard of Honour to greet the new Lord Mayor, who inspected the Guard before participating in the traditional rum ceremony “up spirits”.
On his arrival at Mansion House the Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, inspected the Guard of Honour made up of Regulars and Reserves of the Royal Air Force supported by the Band of the RAF Regiment, chosen to form the Guard to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The Lord Mayor’s Procession set off after observing a two minute silence at 11am, an act of remembrance on Armistice Day.
Reserves and cadets from all three Services were joined in the parade by colleagues from Regular units as well as floats from Livery Companies, commercial organisations and community groups travelling from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back to Mansion House via Victoria Embankment.
The Lord Mayor’s Show can trace its history back to the signing of the Magna Carta when King John agreed that the City of London could have its own Lord Mayor provided he swear allegiance to the Monarch and ‘show’ himself to the people. Ever since the first procession in 1215 the Lord Mayor has received the support of the Militia. Today’s Reserves, very proudly, are continuing that tradition.