Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Lord Mayor

In the United Kingdom, the Lord Mayors of London and York have been styled "The Right Honourable" since time immemorial.

Other Lord Mayors are thus styled only when granted this privilege by the sovereign: These are Belfast and Cardiff. The remainder are styled "The Right Worshipful".

Therefore, the Lord Mayor of Armagh is styled "The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Armagh".

The Lord Mayor of Belfast has been accorded the prefix "Right Honourable" because he, or she, is accorded ex officio the rank of baron - not  privy counsellor.

This rank was conferred upon the Lord Mayor of Belfast by GEORGE V in March, 1923.

In the Irish Republic the posts of Lord Mayor of Dublin (granted under the kingdom of Ireland) and Lord Mayor of Cork (granted when this city was part of the UK) still exist.


Gavin Bamford said...

Wonder if the current Belfast Lord Mayor knows he is a 'Baron'?

Timothy Belmont said...

I imagine the current occupant, ideologically speaking, does not even accept the title "lord mayor", let alone the rank of baron!

I could go on...