The Lord Mayor's blog - history and heroism

Last week I was guest of honour at a 10th anniversary celebration of the Westminster Guides Association held at Westminster Abbey. They do such a marvellous job taking groups of visitors and locals around our city, providing insights into its history, both visible and hidden.  

The following evening I was at a fascinating talk on the Clubs of St James’s and Mayfair, part of a regular series of presentations hosted by the Westminster History Club. I also went to Hyde Park to watch a review of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery by Her Majesty the Queen, to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Brave youngsters

I was honoured to welcome HRH Prince Harry to the 2017 Well Child Awards, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, just down the road from St John’s. It was a very moving event, with heroism and bravery very much on display among young people, their families and carers. The emotion was so high at this event, I was asked by Prince Harry whether I had any tissues with me!

Local harmony

I attended a concert at St Saviour’s Church, which was part of the annual Little Venice Music Festival. The programme included an impressive solo piano performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and two fascinating Japanese songs.

High seas heroism

On Sunday I laid a wreath near Nelson’s Column to commemorate Trafalgar Day, having watched an impressive choreographed display of music and marching by several hundred Sea Cadets. I later attended a reception in the officers’ mess at Wellington Barracks.  

Another busy week! Don't forget to follow me on twitter @LM_Westminster.

Last updated: 30 October 2017
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