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Thousands watch Lord Mayor's show

Thousands of people have lined the streets of central London to watch floats, carriages and performers in the Lord Mayor's Show.

The annual parade marks the inauguration of the 683rd Lord Mayor of the City of London, Michael Bear, who took office on Friday and was carried through the capital in a golden coach.

Up to 6,000 people turned out to watch the three-mile long procession, involving 150 horses, 21 carriages, 20 marching bands and 71 carriages.

The parade started at 11am, when one of the oldest military bands in the country, the Battle of the Grenadier Guards, started the festivities.

Alderman Bear presented Operational Service Medals to 12 soldiers, sailors and airmen of the reserve forces, as well as one serving City of London Police officer, in front of crowds at Bank Junction.

He said: "These men and women have shown great courage and commitment to improving stability and peace in fragile and dangerous environments, and we are grateful to them for all they have given.

"It is my great honour to be able to present them with their medals and to pay tribute to them - and the thousands of others like them - who carry out this work on a daily basis."

The floats, including the Mayor's 253-year-old coach, processed along the Strand to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Mayor took an oath of allegiance to the Queen before the Lord Chief Justice and the judges of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court.

The ceremony is nearly 800 years old, having been held every year since 1215, and was only cancelled once for the Duke of Wellington's funeral in 1852.

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