The City of London’s new civic leader has set out his ambition for his year in office as London welcomed back the Lord Mayor’s Show.The parade, which dates back to the 13th Century, will see 128 floats parade from Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice.It was cancelled last year for the first time since 1852 when it made way for the Duke of Wellington’s funeral.

The procession marks the first public engagement for the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Vincent Keaveny.

Mr Keaveny, the 693rd Lord Mayor, must travel to the Royal Courts to swear allegiance to the Crown before taking up his role.

The Lord Mayor is the civic head of the City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile.

The role is separate from the mayor of London, who sits as head of the Greater London Authority.

The new Lord Mayor wants people from different backgrounds to put themselves forward for election to the City’s historic bodies such as the Court of Common Council – the main decision making body in the Square Mile.

Keaveny is co-chairman of a government commissioned task force to boost the number of people from working-class background joining and then progressing in financial and professional services.

The City Lord Mayor will also look to strengthen economic ties with the UK, identify new business opportunities and promote the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment.

“The Square Mile has constantly reinvented itself throughout history to remain a world-leading business hub,” Keaveny told CityAM.

“We must rise to this challenge once again in the face of changing economic and social trends brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, while also seizing new opportunities following the UK’s exit from the European Union.”