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Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London

Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London

The role of the Lord Mayor

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London is an international ambassador for the UK's financial and professional services sector.

The UK is the leading exporter of financial services across the world, with a trade surplus of £72bn. London houses more foreign banks, and accounts for more international bank lending, than any other centre. The UK also offers exceptional maritime services, Islamic finance, legal services, insurance, education, and infrastructure financing and delivery. Together, financial and professional services employ over 2.2m people across the UK, including 1.4m outside London. There are plenty of good stories to tell and it is the Lord Mayor’s job to tell them, at home and abroad.

The Lord Mayor also heads the City of London Corporation, a uniquely diverse organisation that supports and promotes London as a place to live, work, study and be entertained. Together with other leading members of the City Corporation he makes sure that the City’s interests are reflected in local and national policy.

Within the City only the Sovereign takes precedence, and outside the City the Lord Mayor’s status is on a par with that of a cabinet minister. He hosts hospitality for visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries on behalf of the Sovereign and the government.

The Lord Mayor works closely with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, although they have distinct and separate responsibilities.

Silent ceremony

8 November, 2.30-4pm

For over 800 years the Lord Mayor Elect has been officially admitted as Lord Mayor of the City of London in a ceremony known as the Silent Ceremony. It is conducted almost entirely in silence. Members of the public are invited to witness the historic ceremony at the medieval Guildhall.

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More about the Lord Mayor

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The City Sheriffs

In order to become Lord Mayor, one must be an Aldermanic Sheriff first.

The Sheriffs support the Lord Mayor, they advise him on matters important to the City, help with hosting dinners for visiting dignitaries, and travel with him in his business visits. They also look after the Judges at the Old Bailey and make sure that the court's business runs smoothly.

They are elected each year on Midsummer's day by the City livery companies. One must be an Alderman - the senior representative of one of the City's Wards, and another elected position - and both Sheriffs need to be members of a livery company. Their tenure is one year and runs from September to September.

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.