Tower Bridge joins famous City landmarks to light up for Coronation
Some of the City of London’s most famous buildings will light up this weekend to celebrate the Coronation.
Tower Bridge, London Bridge, and Guildhall – the City of London Corporation’s headquarters – will be specially lit in red, white, and blue to mark the crowning of Their Majesties King Charles III and the Queen Consort.
Meanwhile, the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, will also light up over Coronation weekend.
The lighting up will take place on Saturday evening – the day of the Coronation – and on Sunday to coincide with the BBC’s ‘Lighting Up The Nation’ Coronation concert.
Lord Mayor of the City of London Nicholas Lyons said:
“The Coronation is a day of national celebration and marks the beginning of a new era for the country and the Commonwealth.
“It’s only right that we should honour this momentous occasion by lighting up some of the UK’s best-known landmarks.”
City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Chris Hayward said:
“The first Coronation of a new monarch in 70 years will be a truly momentous event for our country.
“Bathing the City’s iconic landmarks in red, white, and blue is a highly visible way of celebrating the crowning of our new King and demonstrating the City’s long-standing support for, and loyalty to the Monarchy.”
Guildhall, the Mansion House, Tower Bridge, and the Central Criminal Court – popularly known as the Old Bailey – will also fly the Union Flag over Coronation weekend.
Tower Bridge, London Bridge, and three other Thames bridges are owned by Bridge House Estates, the 900-year old charitable trust of which the City Corporation is sole trustee.
Operational note for broadcasters and photographers
Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Guildhall and the Mansion House will be lit in red, white and blue colours on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May from 8pm to midnight.
For photography and filming purposes, all the buildings to be lit are visible from public areas and can be filmed without the need for prior permission.
Notes for editors
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile, dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Opened in 1894, Tower Bridge is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks and an internationally-renowned tourist attraction – www.towerbridge.org.uk
London Bridge spans the River Thames at its oldest crossing point, near to where the first London Bridge was built by the Romans. The current structure is the latest of several to bear that name and was opened in March 1973.
Both bridges, along with Southwark, Millennium and Blackfriars bridges, are owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust of which the City of London Corporation is the sole trustee.
Dating back to the 15th Century, Guildhall is the administrative headquarters of the City of London Corporation and regularly acts as a venue for events, conferences and banquets – www.guildhall.cityoflondon.gov.uk
The Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London – the head of the City Corporation and an international ambassador for the UK's financial and professional services sector. It also hosts banquets and events –