The Queen and Prince Phillip have attended a memorial service for Iraq troops at St Paul’s Cathedral. They were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Ian Luder with the pearl sword. The ceremony symbolises the prominence of the Sovereign in the City of London. As per tradition, he presented the Queen with the sword as she arrived.

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