The Mayor and the Coat of Arms
The Mayor is the First Citizen of the Borough and the highest civic representative of the Borough.
In May each year, Havering Council elects a councillor to serve as Mayor for the municipal year, in which they Chair meetings of the Full Council and represent the Council at public events.
The current Mayor is Councillor Linda Van den Hende.
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Dilip Patel
The Mayor attends around 600 engagements throughout their year, from local fundraising and community events to representing Havering when meeting dignitaries.
Together with the Queen's representative, the Deputy Lieutenant, the Mayor of Havering receives members of the Royal Family and VIPs during official visits to the borough.
The Coat of Arms
The Havering coat of arms
Armorial bearings were granted to the London Borough of Havering on 1 March 1965. The design is largely in royal blue and old gold, the colours of the ancient Royal Liberty of Havering.
The towered gateway represents the gatehouse of the former Palace of Havering.This was part of the crest of the former Romford Borough Council. Superimposed on the gatehouse is the bull's head of Hornchurch.
Below this is the squire's visor indicating a municipal borough.
This is supported by leafed mantling which associates the borough with its proximity to Epping and Hainault Forests which, in former times, extended to the boundaries of the borough.
The shield is an allusion to the blades of the Upminster Windmill (Upminster was not in the Royal Liberty of Havering and this is, therefore, the first time that it is identified with it).
The ring set with ruby is symbolical of the legendary ring of Edward the Confessor which he is said to have given to a beggar, who proved later to be St John the Apostle, with the words "Have ring" hence "Havering".
The motto 'Liberty' represents the present free and democratic way of life but is inspired by the fact that Havering was a Royal Liberty from 1465 to 1892.