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Thousands brave rain for Lord Mayor's Show

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Image caption Charles Bowman is the 690th Lord Mayor of the City of London

Thousands of people have braved the rain in London to watch the annual Lord Mayor's Show.

More than 7,000 people, alongside 70 floats, took part in the parade, which is in its 802nd year.

The procession marks the first public engagement of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman.

It sees Mr Bowman, the 690th Lord Mayor, travel from the Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice before swearing allegiance to the Crown.

The Lord Mayor's Show began in 1215 as a river pageant on the Thames.

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Image caption Chelsea Pensioners observe a minute's silence at London's Guildhall
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Image caption A total of 7,000 people, 200 horses and 70 decorated floats took part in the Lord Mayor's Show
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Image caption The Lord Mayor greeted members of the Royal Air Force before the parade
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Image caption The new Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman (front left) observed a minute's silence at Guildhall in London, ahead of the Lord Mayor's parade

Mr Bowman said: "The Lord Mayor's Show celebrates the historic and thriving City of London - the very centre of our strong and diverse capital - which, in turn, supports a globally successful country.

"It is a joyous occasion, full of colour, fun and ceremony, and it is wonderful that so many people come along and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

"It is entirely right that the show brings together so many diverse groups and communities from London and the UK, including hundreds of young people who love taking part."

The end of the day saw a fireworks display between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges.

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