Friday, 1 July 2016

Mayoral Robe

I'm glad to see the new Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Brian Kingston, wearing the official ceremonial robe of office.

I believe this is an important tradition, since Belfast is one of the very few cities in the United Kingdom where its Lord Mayor is accorded the status and style of "Right Honourable".

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

Normally nowadays the prefix indicates that a person is a privy counsellor; though in the case of lord mayors of London, Belfast, Cardiff, York etc it alludes to their rank as a baron.

The mayoral robe is probably made of black silk damask, trimmed with gold lace.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor, 2015-

The Lord Chancellor wears similar official dress on ceremonial and state occasions.

The Rt Hon Nigel Dodds OBE MP, twice Lord Mayor of Belfast

A white lace jabot and white lace cuffs can also be worn.

Pictured above is the Rt Hon Sir William George Turner (a privy counsellor), Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1924-28, accompanying HRH Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood.


Christopher Bellew said...

Rt. Hon. Is tricky. MPs and even Hons are sometimes incorrectly upgraded. It is correctly conferred on all Peers, Privy Councillors and as I now know the Mayor of Belfast. Incidentally he was unlucky. It became the custom under Queen Victoria to make Mayors of cities she visited Baronets. I stand to be corrected in all of this because, as I say, it's tricky.

Timothy Belmont said...

Several Lord Mayors were indeed created baronets, including Clark & McConnell.