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On Thursday evening, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists received its Royal Charter, granted by the queen, in St Paul's Cathedral.
The Company is the 100th London Livery Company — originally medieval guilds that regulated industries, they are now mostly social and charitable organisations. The Information Technologists' Company is particularly active in education and training, and this ceremony marks its full incorporation into that tradition.
After being bestowed in St Paul's Cathedral, the Charter was carried by the Company in a procession through rush hour traffic to a substantial banquet. Shiny helmets and big sticks were the order of the day, as traditionally garbed pikemen led the way. Follow ZDNet UK as it documents this uniquely British affair.
The assembled VIPs and principal members of the Company as they prepare for the procession. The Royal Charter is carried in its beribboned box to the banquet, much as a pizza would be delivered, except that no moped or pizza is involved.