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RCP to participate in London's Lord Mayor's Show for first time in 500-year history

For the first time in its 500-year history the Royal College of Physicians is taking part in London's annual Lord Mayor's Show, a public parade celebrating the inauguration ceremony of the capital's newly-appointed lord mayor. 

Taking place on Saturday 10 November 2018, the Lord Mayor's Show is one of London's most prestigious occassions, involving some 6,500 participants, 70 floats, 20 military and civilian bands, together with dozens of horses and carriages, and the magnificent gold state coach. In a procession dating back to 1215, its purpose is to convey the newly-elected lord mayor of London from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice to swear an oath of allegiance to the crown.

Join the celebration

We are inviting fellows, members and their families to get involved by coming to watch the Lord Mayor's Show and cheer on our entry in the procession.

We’ll be showcasing physicians through the ages since our foundation in 1518 and the part played by Henry VIII, who granted our royal charter.

Lord Mayor's Show procession © Clive Totman

Clive Constable, RCP deputy CEO, said: 

It’s an honour to be taking part in the Lord Mayor's Show festivities – our first time and in our 500th anniversary year. The show is all about diversity, and key to the RCP's modern-day identity and our work to improve patient care is our international reach and multicultural, diverse member and staff base. Let’s reflect this in our participation in November’s celebrations. 

The Lord Mayor's Show will be broadcast live by the BBC.

Throughout 2018 the Royal College of Physicians is celebrating its 500-year anniversary, and is marking this exceptional achievement with an extensive programme of events and festivities.