Why was London Bridge all lit up with lights in The Prince and the Pauper?This is a question I need to know to study. It is from Chapters 1-15.

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London Bridge is all lit up because of a celebration in honor of the Prince of Wales.

The celebration, which is "unspeakably sublime and astonishing" to Tom, who is posing as Edward, the Prince of Wales, is actually looked upon as commonplace by his "little friends", Princess Elizabeth and the Lady Jane Grey (Chapter 11).  There is

"a multitude of singing, dancing, and shouting people, massed together on the river frontage.  There (is) a line of bonfires stretching as far as one (can) see, up and down the Thames; London Bridge (is) illuminated, Southwark Bridge likewise; the entire river (is) aglow with the flash and sheen of colored lights; and constant explosions of fireworks (fill) the skies with an intricate commingling of shooting splendors and a thick rain of dazzling sparks that almost (turn) night into day; everywhere (are) crowds of revelers; all London seem(s) to be at large" (Chapter 10).

The lavish celebration is, judging by the reaction of Princess Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey, an ordinary thing, something the likes of which occurs frequently, even as the common people struggle to survive in squalor.  This scene gives evidence to the author's thematic commentary on the excesses of British royalty during the times of King Henry VIII.

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