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Towards the end of her year in office, each Lady Mayoress of the City of London hosts an event in Mansion House at which she thanks all those who have supported and helped her during the year. This was Claire Anstee’s

END OF TERM REPORT 2009-2010 “

than being Lady Mayoress. I am a quite different person to the one who stepped apprehensively into the Lady Mayoress’s Boudoir 12 months ago following the Silent Ceremony. Different, because this year has been a real journey; changed, because not a day has gone by without offering up some new surprise or unexpected experience; enriched, because I’ve made so many friends along the way and learnt so much about myself. I remember one distinguished past Lady Mayoress telling me before I started that I would never be the same again. She was right. This is probably the best job in the world! I’ve been part of the main attraction wherever I go. I have all the fun with none of the responsibility. The Lord Mayor does all the hard work; I bask in his glory and go out and enjoy one impossibly fabulous adventure after another. The money’s rubbish – but the perks are worth a King’s ransom. What’s not to like?


The year started at a pace and just carried on in that manner. In the first three weeks alone, I attended two ward club lunches, two Christmas light ceremonies, one nativity window unveiling and one Thanksgiving Service at St. Mary Woolnoth Church in full state dress which literally stopped the traffic. I was escorted at speed in LMO (The Lord Mayor’s Rolls Royce) by police outriders to the State Opening of Parliament, handed out awards at the Tallow Chandlers Livery to eight young men working in the oil industry, opened the Red Cross Market with Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra by my side, and spent an unforgettable Gala evening at Guildhall sitting between Stephen Fry, Kevin Spacey and the Annie Lennox. I’ve enjoyed several sublime musical events and services in the

hat can I say? Nothing can prepare you for being Lady Mayoress other

front row at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Anything other than the front row is really going to be a problem from now on! I’ve accompanied the Lord Mayor to a bench unveiling on the Riverside Walk by the Thames and unveiled plaques of my own at two City playgrounds, the City of London Fire Station and a poly-tunnel at West Ham Park, not to mention a crèche in Sao Paulo. We’ve welcomed 500 young City bankers to the Egyptian Hall in the Mansion House for Guinness and oysters, and joined the members of both the English and Australian cricket teams to host a charity event at Guildhall on behalf of Nick’s charity, Pitch Perfect. Then how could I forget being permitted to attend the hush- hush Secret Service event held in the Egyptian Hall as part of their Centenary celebrations, doing the conga around the Mansion House with 500 children in fancy dress, or going down the river at high speed and with my eyes firmly shut in the RNLI life boat.

I’ve enjoyed dinner at Buckingham

Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London, chatted like old friends with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Gordon Brown, David Milliband and Peter Mandelson, among other Heads of State, captains of industry and national treasures like Terry Wogan and ‘Peggy Wooley’ of Archers’ fame. In early December, Nick and I were honoured by the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at the Mansion House, who joined 200 other distinguished guests to hear the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, on behalf of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Listening to the orchestra rehearsing in my home that day, and then welcoming Queen Elizabeth for interval drinks and nibbles into my drawing room that evening, was the stuff of dreams.

All the events associated with the 21

Lord Mayor’s Appeal and brought to life by the dedicated Appeal team, could fill a separate report. It has been a joy and a privilege to be part of the combination and celebration of both music and cricket that is Pitch Perfect. We have had gala dinners like Passion and Performance, Fathers and Daughters and Six in the City, both cricket match and concert at Windsor Castle with kind permission of the Queen and an exhausting Highland Ball at Mansion House, all raising substantial funds to provide opportunities in music and sport to young people in London’s Inner City Schools. To support me I had a fabulous Mayoral team consisting of the partners of the Lord Mayor’s Sheriffs who have thrown themselves with enthusiasm, gusto and stamina into adventures at home and abroad. I have

The 2009-2010 Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress – Nick and Claire Anstee

Claire was involved in many ceremonial occasions through her year as lady Mayoress

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