Lord Mayor's Show: Guided tour of the state coach
9 November 2013 Last updated at 00:07 GMT
BBC News has been given a guided tour of the state coach used in the Lord Mayor's Show - which takes place in London today.
Pageantmaster Dominic Reid explains that while the vehicle is around 250 years old, it is now supported by modern Kevlar straps.
He said the carvings were meant to demonstrate England's maritime strength - but the carriage's rocking motion could cause sea-sickness.
Video produced by Sara Barman