‘The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day’ by Canaletto is on display as an enormous poster version at London Bridge Station attracting attention to the inspiration behind HM Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant. River pageants have taken place on the River Thames for hundreds of years and this is going to be yet another glorious spectacle on Sunday 3rd June 2012, and one of the largest, with over 1,000 boats in the flotilla. The boats will gather between Hammersmith and Battersea bridges and proceed downstream at 2.00pm to Tower Bridge and the West India docks, finishing at 6.00pm. The Lord Mayor’s Day is just one of Canaletto’s pictures of the River Thames and in each he exquisitely captures the essence of the busy-ness and the importance of river transport – although some would say his depiction of the Thames has too much of the Antonio Canal in Venice to be truly authentic. But, if this has whetted your appetite for those gloriously blue skies, energy and vibrancy of colour, then head to Junction 6 of the M25; four Canalettos in a relatively modest country house are not to be missed at Titsey Place in Limpsfield. But missed they were, for many years they reposed in the attics only to be re-discovered in the 1960s and then admired in a derogatory fashion as fakes. Specialists since have declared all four to be the real McCoy. Titsey Place and gardens open for the summer season on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May and then between 16 May and 30 September on Wednesdays and Sundays. Extensive private tours are available at other times on application.
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In 1215 King John granted a Charter to the people of the (original) City of London allowing them to annually elect their own Mayor in return for the City’s support in various baronial feuds, but he required that the new Mayor present himself to the Sovereign and swear loyalty to the Crown.
The modern Lord Mayor’s procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster.
Today’s Shows are a wonderful mixture of past, present & future with today’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life coming together to enjoy a splendid celebration of the City’s tradition and future.
The procession starts at 11am and covers three miles from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice. There, the Lord Mayor takes an oath of allegiance to the sovereign before the procession returns to Mansion House via Victoria Embankment.
This is definitely a family event – kids and parents alike will love the procession, which this year comprises around 6,000 participants, 200 vehicles, 20 carriages (including the 254-year-old gold Lord Mayor’s State Coach), 70 floats, 150 horses & 20 marching bands.
The fun day reaches a dazzling finale with a spectacular fireworks display over the Thames at 5pm between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is free to attend.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is going ahead as usual this year, with small alterations to the route to accommodate the protest camp at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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