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The City of London Corporation has been hard at work getting everything ready, including running a "secret" dawn rehearsal that traces the route the new Lord Mayor Alderman Charles Bowman will take on 8 November, when he will travel in the state coach from Mansion House via St Paul's Cathedral, Ludgate Circus and Temple Bar to the Royal Courts of Justice. 

Pageantmaster Dominic Reid is leading the preparations for the 26th year running - carrying on the tradition set by his father. "Between us, we've run the show longer than anyone in history," he says.

As he points out, the early-morning rehearsal is the only time the horses will be given to experience the weight of the heavy coach and it's the only time the new Lord Mayor will be able to practice getting in and out of the coach, as well as his ceremonial oath at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

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