The City of London’s 1297 copy of the Magna Carta will be a key feature of the ceremonial procession in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 8th November. The Lord Mayor’s show is expected to draw huge crowds in to central London and generate a viewership of several million on the BBC, and is a tradition entering its 800 year in 2015.
The roots of the show come from the concerns of King John in 1215. To ensure London would remain stalwart to the Crown, it was his decree that all newly elected Lord Mayors of London should leave the safety of their abode and present themselves to the people of London in a public display of allegiance. The Lord Mayor was expected to pledge allegiance to the King, and thus ensure the representative of London would not encourage rebellion against the State.
The Lord Mayor’s Show has taken many forms since…
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