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About the Lord Mayor

​​​​​​​​The Lord Mayor, First Citizen of Cardiff, is the lead ambassador at the City's civic functions. The current Lord Mayor is Councillor Bablin Molik and the Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Jane Henshaw.

The Lord Mayor brings a sense of tradition and continuity, which is beneficial to the city's commercial and social interests. A number of the Lord Mayors were in the forefront of the campaign to win capital status for the city in 1955.

Lord Mayors are politically neutral during their year of office, acting as chairperson of council meetings. 

It is the ceremonial duties of the Mayoralty, which feature most prominently in the year of office such as bestowing the freedom of the city on ‘Persons of Distinction'. The Princess of Wales, the Viscount Tonypandy, the Rt. Hon James Callaghan, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and Sir Tasker Watkins are among those who have received this honour.

All correspondence or invitations for the Lord Mayor must be sent to the Protocol Office for consideration and not to the Lord Mayor directly. ​ 


Tel: 029 2087 1543 or 029 2087 3403​

Protocol Office
Mansion House
Richmond Road
CF24 3UN​ 
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