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The Lord Mayor and the Royal Family

​Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow escorts Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at a St Paul’s commemoration service to mark the end of 13 years of combat in Afghanistan - and remember the 453 servicemen and women who died. Picture by Tim Rooke/Rex.​

The role and purpose

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London is the official title for the head of the City of London Corporation, which provides local, policing and other services for the Square Mile.

The Lord Mayor presides over its governing bodies, the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council and within the City, only the Sovereign takes precedence.

Outside the City the Lord Mayor takes precedence with, but after, members of the Cabinets. On behalf of the Sovereign and the Government the Lord Mayor regularly acts as a host for hospitality provided by the City of London Corporation for visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries.

A dedicated ambassador, supporting and promoting the City as the world leader in international finance and business services, the Lord Mayor travels extensively, in liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & Investment, fostering goodwill and boosting British trade, particularly the markets and services of the City.

As part of the programme for the year, the Lord Mayor takes part in a series of international visits leading delegations of senior business representatives to meet those at the highest levels of government and industry in overseas countries. This is with the aim of selling the City as a place in which to do business and promoting its expertise. This can range from advice on raising capital for major infrastructure projects to private finance initiatives and government-industry co-funding arrangements.

A domestic programme of visits keeps the Lord Mayor in touch with regional economic activity and promotes the contribution the City can make in these areas.

The role is enhanced by the entirely non-party political nature of this office and of the City of London. The Lord Mayor's activities reflect not only a ceremonial and diplomatic importance, but also those of a trusted spokesperson for the business and financial community.

In promoting the City, the Lord Mayor acts in close collaboration with other leading members of the City of London including the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. Working with the Court of Common Council, the Lord Mayor ensures that the City's interests are reflected in London-wide and national policy and development.

The Lord Mayor presides over Her Majesty's Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London and also is

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12 March 2012
Last Modified:
25 March 2015