On Monday 24th September 2018, at the Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars, Alderman Vincent Keaveny KCLJ, Sheriff-Elect of London and a long-standing member of the Order of St Lazarus, was presented with his Shrieval Chain of Office and Badge. The Shrieval Chain is unique to each Sheriff and, by tradition, is fashioned to incorporate symbols from many of those organisations associated with the Sheriff who will support him during his year of office.
The Order was well represented at this historic event. The delgation was led by our Bailiff, HE the Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, a member of the official committee. He was accompanied by Chevalier Damian Riddle KLJ, Commander of London & Westminster, Chevalier Alan Culverhouse KCLJ, Deputy Chancellor, Chevalier Dr David Woolf KCLJ, Commander of Wales, Chevalier David Wheeler KCLJ, Receiver General, and Desna Wheeler OMLJ.
The official description of the various components of the chain and badge published for the presentation ceremony can be seen here.
Vincent’s association with the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem is celebrated by the incorporation of the St Lazarus Cross on the left shoulder roundel of the chain. The insignia of the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem appears on the right shoulder roundel.
Vincent’s wife, Amanda Keaveny CMLJ, was presented with a brooch to mark her role as the Sheriff’s consort.