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The 74th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London

The service has been an annual event at St Paul's Cathedral since 1943

Apothecaries, Fishmongers, Tallow Chandlers and Woolmen were among thousands of  Livery Company members at the 74th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London.

Trumpeters of The Band of the Household Cavalry played a fanfare as Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiff of the Companies took their places under the dome on Friday 11 March 2016.

See all images from before, during and after the Service

Alderman The Lord Mountevans, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, read the Second Lesson and prayers were led by The Reverend Rosemary Morton,Minor Canon and Succentor and The Reverend Helen O’Sullivan, Priest Vicar and Chaplain

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, KCVO,Bishop of London, gave the sermon and blessing.

Read the Order of Service here

Find out more about the Livery Companies and their support for St Paul's Cathedral

The Cathedral Choir was directed by Simon Johnson, Acting Director of Music. Peter Holder, Acting Organist, played the organ for the service.

Rachel Mahon, Organ Scholar, played before the service: Fantasia and Toccata (Op. 57); Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924); Chorale prelude on ‘St Anne’ C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918); Adagio in E major Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

All images are by Graham Lacdao