Why golden cars trot through the city of London at night

Golden cars and heavily decorated guards were seen marching through London in the early hours of the morning.

Traditionally dressed police horses and officials prepare to stand in complete silence in central London from 4 a.m.

Early bankers were surprised this week as six county horses pulled one of the world’s oldest carriages past major London landmarks – like St Paul’s Cathedral.

The City of London rehearsed for its annual Lord Mayor’s Show.

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The traditional show will take place on Saturday and will air on BBC One.

The spectacle dates back to the beginning of the 13th century, when King John allowed the City of London to appoint its own mayor.

The Lord Mayor’s Coach weighs three tons and is one of the oldest vehicles in the world

Every Lord Mayor over the next 800 years has celebrated the ceremony and Vincent Keaveny will be the 693rd Lord Mayor of London to be sworn in.

The ceremony features one of the oldest decorative vehicles in the world – a golden three-ton coach.

Life-size miniature elephants, Japanese drummers, a horse-drawn bus and Europe’s largest fire engine will also parade through the City of London.

All Square Mile roads will be closed during the ceremony and buses will be diverted.

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The day before the parade, the silent ceremony will take place – in which traditionally dressed politicians will silently appoint the new mayor.

The eerily calm ceremony will only consist of a handful of words for 90 minutes. The new mayor will only speak when he takes the oath and a number of bizarre items will be handed to him.

Richly dressed officials will remove the incumbent mayor’s hat and place it on the new mayor. He will also receive a scepter, a sword and some badges before a few officers bow to him.

Once the ceremony is over, Mayor Vincent will then move into the mansion with his family.

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