Lord Mayor’s early morning rehearsal through City streets

Jeffrey Mountevans prepares for Lord Mayor’s Show with 5am ride in State Coach

Photographers and journalists are invited to attend the Early Morning Rehearsal for The Lord Mayor’s Show on Wednesday 11 November from 5am to watch Jeffrey Mountevans prepare for the largest and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar.

The Lord Mayor Elect and Lady Mountevans will trace part of the route - from Guildhall Yard to The Mansion House, and on to St. Paul’s Cathedral - in the ornately decorated State Coach with a team of City figures, including the Swordbearer, City Marshal, Chief Commoner, and Dominic Reid, Pageantmaster of the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The one-hour rehearsal will include the choreography for an event outside The Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence, during which the Lord Mayor will pay tribute to the 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment for their outstanding work in bomb disposal, and the Blessing Ceremony at St. Paul’s.


Notes for Editors:

Dominic Reid, The Lord Mayor’s Show Pageantmaster, will be available for media interviews (by phone) before the Early Morning Rehearsal; and (in person at Guildhall Yard) on the day of the Early Morning Rehearsal between 4.30am and 5.00am. Please note that Jeffrey Mountevans will take office as Lord Mayor of the City of London after the Silent Ceremony at Guildhall on Friday 13 November and will not be available for interviews at the Early Morning Rehearsal. Please contact Andrew Buckingham (below) for accreditation and further details.

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Features), City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 1452 / Mobile: 07795 333 060



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The Lord Mayor’s Show (which celebrates its 800th anniversary this year) takes place on Saturday 14 November from 11am. Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans, who takes office as the 688th Lord Mayor of the City of London on 13 November, will ride in his golden State Coach, as part of a three-mile long procession of floats, including military bands, local school children, City Livery companies, national charities and community groups from across the UK. More details from