The capital city of London has witnessed several longest standing traditions and annual parades representing one or the other ceremony. People coming to the capital city are quiet fascinated about these customs which have been going on and on since ages now and thus while you are visiting the capital city you get to explore them. Annual ceremonial events takes place at several heritage sites within the city; therefore while you are in London, this is the best time to explore all of these.
Here are some of the citys most spectacular rituals that have been prevailing since years now:
Trooping the Colour
If you are staying at a London accommodation near Green Park tube, you can witness this enthralling ceremony of trooping the colour which is often termed as the ceremonial event of the year. It marks the official birthday of the Queen, however her birthday comes on 21st April, but a tradition goes on in which her birthday is celebrated publicly on a summer day. The tradition dates back to the early 18th century.
Lord Mayors Show
Its again an annual event which takes place on London streets near for 800 years now. A parade in which the Lord Mayor travels in is accompanied by bands, costumed performers and around 6000 people marching in. This is the most amazing of the public shows that happens here. The procession is accompanied by fireworks which are started off between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridge and then the Lord Mayor is required to take the oath of loyalty to the Queen.
Changing the Guard Ceremony
This is the most popular and a hugely populated spectacle and should not be missed by those coming to London on a holiday.
This ceremonial event takes place at several royal locations in and around the capital city and takes place daily during summer and for the rest of the year, its done on alternative days. Foot guards feature a colourful display of their marching accompanied by a band and during this 45 minute ceremony the new guard replaces the old guard.
Ceremony of the Keys
After the Tower of London is locked up by the Chief Warder there, the Last Post is being taken by a trumpeter after which the ceremony begins which lasts for only 10 minutes. The Chief Warder represents the Yeoman Warders those who have guarded the tower since 14th century. Today, in addition to their ceremonial duties towards the Tower of London, they perform the role of tour guides.