Here is the running order for the 2018 Show. Full details will be published here gradually in the buildup to the Show. You can also see a preview of the whole procession in the official Programme and on the day the Show's app will give you a live account of who's who as they go by.
1: Band of HM Royal Marines (HMS Collingwood)
was formed in 2009 and is one of five Royal Marines Bands. Renowned not only for its musical and visual splendour, the Royal Marines Band Service also has an active operational role. For more information about a career in the Royal Marines Band Service visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careersskillsandspecialisations/royalmarinesbandservice
4: Royal Marines
These specialist, amphibious Commando troops are part of the Royal Navy and provide a key element of the United Kingdom’s High Readiness Forces. Equally at home on the sea as on the land, post-Afghanistan the Corps is returning to its maritime roots, training in a variety of challenging environments such as the Arctic, the desert and the jungle.
5: Royal Marines Reserve (City of London)
The Royal Marines Reserve are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. Founded less than a mile from the start of the procession, they continue to support the regular Royal Marines with the enormous versatility that makes both organisations such an invaluable part of UK defence. We provide the training; you bring an attitude to succeed; follow the links to see what we can do
6: 131 Independent Commando Sqn RE
It really lives up to its motto Ubique (meaning “everywhere”), as it is one of the most widely travelled of all Army Reserve units. To join the squadron, soldiers must first pass the gruelling Commando Course to earn their Green Berets. They then go on to become Royal Engineers’ tradesmen, in roles varying from diver to demolition expert.
7: Sea Cadets London Area
Over 100 Sea Cadets from units across London are taking part today underthe Director of Music, Lt Cmd (SCC) Ian Turner RNR.www.sea-cadets.org
8: Five AI
FiveAI - a UK company bringing together the best minds in AI, engineering and mobility to create a fully autonomous, shared transport service for Europe, starting in London.
9: King Edward’s School Witley
King Edward’s Witley is a unique Surrey-based co-educational boarding and day school with its roots in the City of London. It was founded in 1553 by Royal Charter of King Edward VI as Bridewell Royal Hospital, housed within Bridewell Palace on the banks of the Thames and with an undertaking to house and teach a trade to the destitute children of London, providing many
11: Worshipful Company of International Bankers
The Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) is Alderman Peter Estlin’s Mother Livery Company. Peter was Master of the Company for the past year until October and he is now being elevated to Lord Mayor. (The current Master is Mark Sismey-Durrant who was installed as Master on 3rd October at Drapers Hall) It’s the first time they have been a Lord Mayor’s Mother
12: Bank of England
The Bank of England’s float returns to the Lord Mayor’s show for the fourth year running. The colourful parade will feature gatekeepers in our traditional pink coats, a model of the Bank’s Threadneedle Street building and 1930s style gold trolleys. The female personification of Britain, Britannia, who features in our logo, will take part in a carriage. She has appeared on every banknote issued
13: Christ’s Hospital School Band
Led by Bandmaster Terry Whittingham, this year the Band from Christ’s Hospital in Sussex celebrates its 150th birthday. Founded in London, the School was established in 1552 through the City’s generosity and enjoys strong links today. Continuing its founding ethos, most pupils are on reduced fees or pay nothing.
16: Gog & Magog
Gog and Magog are the symbolic protectors of the City of London. They are paraded by volunteers from The Guild of Young Freemen each year. The most recent representations are made of willow and were created by members of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
18: University of Bristol
We’re proud of the new Lord Mayor. Peter studied Economics and Accounting here, graduating in 1982 before becoming a chartered accountant. 12 students from our Cheerleading Society, Bristol Jets, and two sabbatical officers from Bristol Students' Union, plus the balloon master and two members of staff will be attending the show.We have created a mini hot air balloon especially for this event, in honour
20: B Company 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment
The 4th Battalion is an Army Reserve battalion of The Parachute Regiment. B Company, based in White City, Croydon, Romford and Canary Wharf, recruits from the South of England. It supports the Regular Army parachute battalions and has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. To find out more, call 020 8749 569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
21: 144 Parachute Medical Squadron
Operating alongside colleagues from 16 Medical Regiment and 16 Air Assault Brigade, it provides vital medical and secondary healthcare support to both soldiers and civilians all over the world. The squadron is nationally recruited, with locations in London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Glasgow. To find out more, call 07880 053195 or email email@example.com.
22: F & G Company 7th Battalion The Rifles
This Army Reserve Infantry battalion with Companies in London and the Home Counties, has a proud record, including recent operational service in Afghanistan. F & G Companies, based in Mayfair and West Ham, have close links to the City and Greater London and affiliations with Livery Companies, including the Grocers’ and Haberdashers’ Companies. Call 020 7629 3674.
24: University of London Officer Training Corps
Founded in 1909, ULOTC offers excellent opportunities for leadership development through military training, adventurous training and social activities. An Army Reserve unit and part of the University of London, its members are undergraduates or postgraduates at colleges or universities in London and the South East. To find out more, call 020 7414 3880.
25: Rotstab Clique, Liestal
The Rotstab Clique Liestal was founded in 1930 making it the oldest and largest clique in Baselland, Switzerland. They initiated the Liestal Carnival (Fasnacht) and participate in it every year changing the themes and corresponding costumes annually. They write, choreograph and perform an annual week-long Cabaret, compete in competitions such as the Swiss Championships and contribute towards other musical events.
28: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office,London
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London is the official representation of the Hong Kong Government in the UK. This year we are focusing on Hong Kong’s progress in innovation and technology, including artificial intelligence and smart city technology – look out for our two 5m-tall robots!
29: United Wards’ Club with Rotary International in GB & Ireland
GOING PURPLE4POLIO IN THE PARADE! We are going "Purple4Polio" in the Lord Mayor’s Show to mark the amazing fact that we have never been closer to making history by eradicating polio and achieving Rotary's goal of a polio-free world.Rotarians will be dressed in vibrant purple to celebrate that we are on the brink of an historic milestone: eradicating only the second human disease
31: Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps
The Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps (RDTC) is a youth military style marching band, based in the London Borough of Havering. As one of the oldest independent youth marching bands in the country, it has a proud history with performances throughout the UK, including marching displays, parades and carnivals. This year, it is returning to Delaware, US, to help the town celebrate its 250-year
34: Virgin Media Business
Virgin Media Business helps organisations meet rising customer expectations and challenging market conditions, by unleashing their digital potential. Our portfolio of end-to-end Smart Solutions can help make this happen.We work across the UK and Ireland, with business and public sector organisations of all sizes.Find out more at https://www.virginmediabusiness.co.ukwww.virginmediabusiness.co.uk
35: Overseas Taiwanese Community in the UK
The 803rd Lord Mayor Show marks the second year of participation by the Overseas Taiwanese community. The float is supported by Taipei Representative Office, the two Taiwanese National Airline carriers (EVA Airlines and China Airlines), OursTravel the best Taiwanese travel agent in the UK, Taiwan Trade Centre and other Taiwanese businesses in the UK.Taiwan is known as “Formosa” the beautiful island; it is located
37: Mill Hill School CCF Corps of Drums
Mill Hill School CCF Corps of Drums began with the formation of the contingent in 1911 and has since performed at many military, community and school events. The Corps of Drums takes pride in being very much cadet-led with recruitment, practice and instruction driven by the cadets themselves. This year, the Corps is led by Upper Sixth Cadet Drum Major Hugo Forte.
40: Alleyn’s School CCF
Alleyn's CCF is run by School staff members with additional support from Regular and Reserve Officers and NCOs from all 3 services. It has a proud history of nurturing outstanding cadets who harness their military skillset going forward, whether they choose a civilian or military career. There are three separate services within the CCF; the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
42: Arch Apprentices, Code Kingdoms & Onside Youth Zones
In keeping with the Lord Mayor’s theme for this year 'Shaping Tomorrow’s City Today', Arch Apprentices, Code Kingdoms and OnSide Youth Zones present the Career Fair of The Future.With the rise of automation and AI, the nature of work is changing, and new educational opportunities and skills set are needed. To build the workforce of tomorrow, we need to start by equipping the children
45: Worshipful Company of Farmers
“We’re proud to produce your food” will be the message from the British farming industry during this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. Agriculture will have a prominent place in the 803rd procession as the Worshipful Company of Farmers supported by the NFU, alongside leading farm machinery manufacturer Massey Ferguson, Red Tractor, the UK’s largest farm and food assurance scheme, and Surrey Docks Farm, take the
47: Founders of the Future
Founders of the Future exists to promote entrepreneurship by building a world-class pool of exceptional and diverse talent and encourage them to create tomorrow’s high impact, sustainable startups.We understand that when it comes to future founders and entrepreneurial development, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to cater for their many and varying needs. Our approach has been to create a suite of programmes and initiatives
49: Kingston & Malden Scout and Guide Band
Kingston & Malden Scout & Guide Band, formed in 1950, is pleased to be participating in The Lord Mayor's Show once again in 2018. The Band's 60 members are from in and around the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames in Surrey. The Band is proud to be showing everyone watching the procession just how great UK Scout & Guide Marching Bands are!
51: Worshipful Company of Pewterers
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers is an ancient and continually evolving City Livery Company. It is ranked sixteenth in the order of Livery precedence with records dating back to 1348. Today, the Company has an active and diverse membership who support several charities, the pewter trade, the government of the City of London and the Armed Forces. www.pewterers.org.uk Today the Company maintains strong links
52: City, University of London
Celebrating our 125th anniversary next year, City, University of London is committed to academic excellence for business and the professions and is located in the heart of London. Students wearing City’s academic dress pay tribute to our Rector, the Lord Mayor of London.
53: Girlguiding London and South East England
We are Girlguiding London and South East region (LaSER for short). We’re a region of Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.
54: Molo Finance
Molo Finance is the UK's first digital mortgage lender. Starting in the Buy-To-Let space, Molo aims to be a positive catalyst for change in the industry. Molo customers can complete their full mortgage application online, and get an offer within 24 hours. This is a massive improvement from the industry average of 18-40 days. Molo gives customers a simple, fast, and transparent option for
55: Royal Canadian Artillery Band
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band is Canada’s first professional military band. Its history is traced to “B” Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery and was formed in Quebec City in 1879. Based in Edmonton since 1997, it represents Canada around the world. This 35 piece concert and parade band can perform diverse musical styles.
56: 106 Regiment Royal Artillery
106 Regiment Royal Artillery is comprised of 3 Batteries, located in South London (265 Air Assault Bty), Southampton (457 Bty) and Portsmouth (295 Bty). It is the only Army Reserve unit specialising in air defense. Soldiers train with the Lightweight Multiple Launcher high velocity missile system and operate in small teams. The Regiment also offers subject matter expertise to higher formations.
57: 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD)
The Regiment has a strong operational pedigree at home and abroad. This year, it reformed and is now fully Reserve. It continues to provide specialist bomb disposal training to security forces in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria, alongside its regular counterparts. It received Privileged Status in 2015 and is proud of its relationship with the Lord Mayor and the City of London.
61: Corps of Drums Society
Formed in 1977 with the aim of preserving the drum, fife and bugle traditions of the British Army, its members are military, ex-military and civilian, both individual members and formed, active Corps of Drums — this explains the variety of uniforms on parade today. It has participated in the Lord Mayor’s Show every year since 1996.www.corpsofdrums.com
62: Worshipful Company of Salters
This year, The Salters' Company (one of the Great 12 City of London Livery Companies) is celebrating 100 years of The Salters’ Institute, its flagship charity. The Institute was founded in 1918, when the UK desperately needed chemists to help rebuild industry, support business and drive the return to prosperity following WW1. In its centenary year, the Institute’s aims remain clear: to engage young
64: Teach First
At Teach First, we believe that great teaching is the force that can ensure all children unlock their full potential. Yet too many are currently denied the opportunity through poverty. Compounding this is the unprecedented challenge the UK faces to recruit and retain teachers across the board. We focus our work on three key areas: 1) Finding great people and supporting them to become
68: Automobile Association
The AA is again on the move with a stunning display of its vehicles through the ages: From ‘AA1’, a 1904 Renault on which Queen Mary was a regular passenger; to the motorcycle and sidecar combinations of the 1950s and iconic minivan of the 1960s; and finally, the modern-day Land Rover Discovery and current Patrol of the Year’s van, 999AA.
The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.We remain a vibrant organisation in the 21st Century. Membership is based on a traditional sense of duty, trust, friendship and loyalty. Today, we continue to help others and learn new skills
77: 151 Regiment RLC
151 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps is London’s only logistic unit. Based from Reserve Centres across greater London & SE of England. Recruiting from across London’s diverse communities, its deployable role is sustaining ‘The Iron Division’ - 3rd (UK) Division, the British Army’s high-readiness armoured war-fighting formation. 151 Regiment can proudly trace its origins and affiliations within the City of London back to 1801 and
78: Hertfordshire Showband
Based in Potters Bar, it is one of the UK’s most successful community showbands and is open to all ages and abilities. Recently, the band won a gold medal at the World Music Contest and performed in the world’s largest flower parade, both in Holland. It is delighted to be performing in this year’s Show again.
83: Capital City College Training supported by Canary Wharf
Capital City College Training (CCCT), is part of the Capital City College Group (CCCG), which is one of the largest Further Education providers of apprenticeships in London, providing excellent training for over 600 businesses.We pride ourselves on providing excellent employer and apprentice matches and currently have over 2,000 apprentices.At this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, we’re Celebrating Apprenticeships and the diverse opportunities apprenticeships bring to
84: London Bugle Band - Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade
The London Bugle Band of the Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, Girls’ Association and Amicus is made up of members aged 11-25 from around London and in some cases beyond. It was established in 1981 and over the years has taken part in tours and events across the UK and Europe.The Boys' Brigade and The Girls' Brigade are both Christian uniformed youth organisations who have
86: Pimlico Plumbers
Established in 1979, Pimlico Plumbers; London’s leading independent service company, is a proud campaigner of apprenticeships, with a 270 strong fleet and £40m turnover. This year Pimlico celebrates its 13th consecutive year in the parade - the longest participating London-based family business. A fantastic show of dancing, alongside its iconic modern and vintage fleet, make up Pimlico’s 2018 entry.
87: Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London
Freemasonry is over 300 years old. Records don’t show the exact amount donated to charities in that time but well over £100 Million Pounds has been donated from freemason’s own pockets...
88: Welcome to Yorkshire
Welcome to Yorkshire’s entry will be colourful, lively and stand out from the crowd - with branded cars, flag bearers and a unique brass band! Four fully Yorkshire-branded BMW X3 cars will drive though the parade - each with giant Y attached to the roof. This year, the cars have toured a variety of locations, including Spain for Vuelta a España (a three-week Grand
94: Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity Partners
The Lord Mayor's Appeal aims to have a transformational impact on people's lives. We are bringing businesses, neighbouring communities, employees and charities together to find solutions to some of London's most pressing issues. The Appeal focuses on four key pillars - working towards a City that is Inclusive, Healthy, Skilled and Fair. As well as building on existing initiatives, the Appeal is working with
Create is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts. We know that unleashing creativity ignites imaginations, develops confidence and builds relationships. Like setting off a firework, our professional artists light the touch paper and our participants discover new found self-belief and a desire to try more, do more and be more.
97: Worshipful Company of Insurers
The Worshipful Company of Insurers is a modern Livery Company that actively contributes to the development of best practice in the insurance sector and promotes inclusion and diversity in very practical ways.There are groups for Independent Non-Executive Directors (iNED), Women in Insurance (iWIN) and younger members (iENGAGE). All of these have their own educational and social programmes open to all members.Our message for the
98: Dogs Trust
The UK's largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust has a network of 20 rehoming centres across the UK and one in Ireland. The charity cares for more than 15,000 dogs each year; has a non-destruction policy and is working towards the day when all dogs are free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. We include dogs looking for forever homes each year in the
102: Isle of Sheppey St John Ambulance Band
Located in the Garden of England the Isle of Sheppey St John Ambulance Band is delighted to be able to support this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. This will be their 8th appearance, all musicians are volunteers and have been rehearsing hard for this year’s performance, our tunes today will pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Bandmaster Dean Faulkner BEM SBStJ
105: Zhejiang UK Association
Founded in 2009, the Zhejiang UK Association (ZJUKA) promotes close ties between the UK and China, with members drawn from Zhejiang province who live and work in the UK.
107: Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) first ever entry to the Lord Mayor’s Show celebrates the role of doctors during the course of the College’s 500-year history as we celebrate our 500th anniversary.From the time of Henry VIII onwards, the RCP has been responsible for improving the standards of patient care throughout the UK. From when the first Royal Charter was signed in 1518,
108: Flute Band Association of Northern Ireland
The ensemble is made up of bands throughout Nor thern Ireland and encompasses most of its six counties. The bands featured in this ensemble are not just parading bands — they are well-respected concer t band ensembles and perform across the country in community events and concer ts. They are also very involved in contests, with many World Championship titles between them.
109: Variety, the Children’s Charity
With roots famously established in show business, Variety the Children’s Charity, works to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. Raising over £200 million and directly helping over 800,000 young people since its inception in 1949, the charity provides support through; provision of specialist wheelchairs; grants to youth clubs, specially adapted ‘Sunshine’ coaches and Variety Great Days Out.
112: Sir John Cass’s Foundation
Sir John Cass’s Foundation makes grants to support the education of young people in London through its grant programmes for individuals, schools and organisations, and it supports a number of institutions bearing the Cass name. 2018 marks the tercentenary of its founder Sir John Cass’s death. Sir John Cass was a politician and philanthropist born in the City of London in 1661. He served
113: Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is the oldest optical body in the world, founded by Royal Charter of Charles I in 1629. Back then, the only way to help people’s vision was to make a pair of spectacles. Now we can do so much more. So we don’t just make spectacles – we're about Eye Health and Eye Care. Our purpose is to
115: Band of the Welsh Guards
The Band of the Welsh Guards was formed in 1915 in the same year as the Regiment and carried out their first King’s Guard Mounting on St. David’s Day in 1916. The band has toured the world extensively, and can regularly be seen providing musical support to many State Ceremonial occasions in London.
141: Company of Pikemen & Musketeers, HAC
The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company (the HAC) and one of only six royally-warranted bodies in the UK. The Pikemen and Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the HAC would have been in the 1640s and the Company is tasked with providing a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of