Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#BEDN 11 - Remembrance

As someone with a partner in the military, you might know that Remembrance is something close to my heart, early November is a busy time for T & I with events, collections and services to be attended. I am keeping my opinions brief on Remembrance this year, as I saw a good many disappointing things, and shall instead say this: Remembrance is on the 11th November, Armistice Day, but let us not only remember those who gave their tomorrow for our today, but the thousands of service men and women serving at home and abroad right now, and the people who support them to make it possible.

Remembrance this year also took on an extra element. If  you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my attendance at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, which is why this post comes this morning rather than last night. ssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. T was the Commander of the Honour Guard for last night's procedures, which meant we got a money can't buy ticket to one of the biggest events we've ever attended.


At The Lord Mayor's Banquet
Guildhall- a pretty stunning setting

Not black tie but white tie this evening. So help me.
Dress, Jarlo - Shoes, Iron Fist

To clarify, the dress code for this event was not black tie, but white tie- another level up. I had a moment of panic when I started checking the standards, and white tie is in fact regulated for men, and although not for women, there are a few 'musts'- must be floor length, must cover shoulders, women shouldn't wear watches and if one owns a tiara, this is when one pulls it from the safe.

Attendees to this annual event include the Prime Minister, the High Court Judiciary, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visiting government ministers (last night was China and Turkey amongst others), the Lord Speaker and a few hundred others of the great, good and diplomatic of the City of London Corporation. Oh, and me.

I suspect this will have been a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I can say that despite being a little apprehensive before hand, we had a fabulous evening. We were fortunate enough to be seated with some interesting and entertaining people, and I was well looked after by a Colonel no less, whilst T did his Honour Guard duties. And you know you're going up in the world when your name appears in a menu so swish that it comes with it's own plastic cover so you can take it with you.
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