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.
Guildhall- a pretty stunning setting
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.