The lord mayor is the title of the mayor of a major city in the United
Kingdom or Commonwealth realm, with special recognition bestowed by
1 Commonwealth of Nations
3 Province of Maryland
4 Equivalents in other languages
5 Style of address
6 See also
Commonwealth of Nations
Letters patent granting lord mayoralty to Oxford.
John Stuttard, Lord
Mayor of London during the 2006 Lord Mayor's Show
In Australia, lord mayor is a special status granted by the monarch to
mayors of major cities, primarily the capitals of Australian states
and territories. Australian cities with lord mayors: Adelaide,
Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Perth,
Sydney, and Wollongong. See list of cities in Australia.
In Canada, the only town with a lord mayor in the traditional sense is
Niagara-on-the-Lake, as recognition of its role as the first capital
of Upper Canada. Unusually, the council of Brantford, Ontario has
taken upon itself to appoint an honorary Lord
Walter Gretzky in
addition to the elected mayor. This is the only example of a
council granting the cachet itself, rather than the cachet being
granted by a higher authority, such as the Crown or national
In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, it is a purely ceremonial
post conferred by letters patent. See List of lord mayoralties and
lord provostships in the United Kingdom. Most famously referring to
Mayor of London, who only has jurisdiction over the City of
London, as opposed to the modern title of
Mayor of London governing
In Uganda, the only jurisdiction with a lord mayor is Kampala, in
recognition of its status as the capital city of the country.
In Ireland, 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 United Kingdom) still exist, and are symbolic titles as in
Province of Maryland
Annapolis, the only city in the thirteen colonies to receive a royal
charter, used the title Lord
Mayor prior to the American Revolution
Equivalents in other languages
In Denmark, as the translation of Danish Overborgmester, it is the
title of the highest mayor of Denmark's capital city, Copenhagen.
In Germany, it is sometimes (and perhaps anachronistically or
incongruously) used to translate German Oberbürgermeister, the title
of the mayors of large, often county-free cities. Especially in large
cities that consist of subunits governed also by mayors
(Bürgermeister), the title Oberbürgermeister is usually used to
distinguish the head executive of the entire city from those of the
subunits. As in Austria, Germany's mayors serve as the actual
executive leaders of their cities and are elected officials. However,
the post of mayor in the three German city-states is equivalent to
that of a
Ministerpräsident (head of government of one of Germany's
constitutive States) and the respective post is referred to as
Regierender Bürgermeister (Governing mayor) in Berlin, Erster
Bürgermeister (first mayor) in
Hamburg and Bürgermeister in Bremen.
In Finland, the head city manager of the capital, Helsinki, is
customarily given by the country's President the title ylipormestari
[loosely translated: "high mayor"] (which then generally is much more
used of the official than kaupunginjohtaja, the title of the office
itself), a tradition that resembles closely the lord mayoralties in
Romania and Moldova, the mayors of the capitals (
Chişinău, respectively) are named Primar General which means General
Mayor. The name is ceremonial and it has no higher powers than mayors
of other cities.
In Hungary, the mayor of the capital
Budapest is called
főpolgármester which means chief mayor or grand mayor. Only the
capital has a főpolgármester. Between 1873 and 1945, the Lord Mayor
Budapest was representative of the Hungarian government at the
capital's municipal authority.
In ancient China, jīng zhào yĭn (京兆尹) was the title given to
the mayor of capital city, jīng zhào (京兆). Today, on the other
hand, city mayor and party-appointed secretary (actual leader) of the
four direct-controlled municipalities, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and
Chongqing, though without special titles, share the rank of provincial
governor and party-appointed secretary.
In Estonia, the mayor of the capital (Tallinn), was named Lord Mayor
(Ülemlinnapea) from 1938 to 1940.
In Czech Republic, the mayor of the capital Prague and so-called
statutory cities (listed in law, currently 25 cities) is called
In Sweden, the titles of mayor and lord mayor have no direct
equivalent since the 1970s. The executive leader of Swedish
municipalities is one of sometimes several Kommunalråd in the
function of Chair of the Municipal Board. In the capital
chief executive is traditionally called Finansborgarråd (City
Councillor of Finance)—"council" in this context referring to the
executive rather than the legislative branch of local government.
The Welsh translation of Lord
Mayor is Arglwydd Faer.
The Irish translation of Lord
Mayor is Ard-Mhéara, which means "Chief
Style of address
The style of address for the office of the Lord Mayors of Belfast,
Cardiff, the City of London, and York is The Right Honourable. All
other Lord Mayors are The Right Worshipful. This refers only to the
post, rather than the person.
Lord Provost, the similar post in Scotland
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