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November 8 & 9, 2003



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A Movie from the last London Do (.mov 4.2m)
thanks to michswiss

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs 777Brit
on their 1 Year Anniversary (09Nov)

Birthdays During the Weekend

The Weekend will also serve as a London Good-Bye for
GK and Mr. GK
Before their move to Hong Kong


List of Attendees

Paul Palmer's List of Shopping and Museums




The show always starts at or near 11am  but people start staking out their places from about 9.30. For the outward journey, Mansion House and St Paul's are full of action (the BBC cameras will be at Mansion House, as usual), but they tend to get very crowded. On the return leg, Queen Victoria St and Embankment are great places to watch.

the procession is longer than the route

...with 5,500 participants, 2,000 military personnel, 200 horses, 220 motor vehicles, 65 floats, 16 marching bands, 18 carriages and the glorious State Coach, the procession is three miles long but travels a route of only 1.7 miles. It's the largest parade of its kind in the world.

The start of the procession is at 10.55am, marked by a thrilling aircraft flypast over the Royal Exchange, Mansion House and St Paul's Cathedral.

5pm – Fireworks – River Thames
Part of Lord Mayor's Show celebrations and because of Guy Fawkes Day
The fireworks are set off from a barge on the Thames. Good vantage points are from Victoria

 Embankment, Blackfriars Bridge or Waterloo Bridge.




Remembrance Sunday

2003 Ceremony

This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday, 9 November. Members of the public may attend to watch the ceremony and the march past, although space is limited. There is no charge to watch from the pavements along Whitehall, and Orders of Service are distributed to members of the public wishing to take part, but you are advised to arrive early in order to secure a good viewing position. Members of the public start gathering from around 8am onwards, although access may not be allowed into Whitehall until later because of security restrictions. A good place from which to view the ceremony is outside Richmond House, a government building on Whitehall opposite the Cenotaph. A giant video screen is also erected on Whitehall to the north of the Cenotaph, on Raleigh Green, and a smaller screen is again expected to be mounted outside the Scotland Office (further to the north in Whitehall).

The representatives of the armed forces and civilian services taking part begin to assemble from around 10am. The Service starts with two minutes' silence at 11 o'clock, and lasts for about twenty minutes. After the two minutes’ silence, wreaths are laid on the Cenotaph, which is in the centre of Whitehall, opposite the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building. It is followed by the march past the cenotaph of ex-servicemen and women and civilian organisations, which lasts for about one hour.

The march past starts on Whitehall outside Horse Guards, and proceeds along Whitehall, past the Cenotaph (when more wreaths are laid), onto Parliament Square, along Great George Street, and finally along Horse Guards Road and back to Horse Guards Parade.