Tower of London

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by jack-daniels, Mar 29, 2008.

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  1. Went on a visit last night to watch the Keys ceremony in the tower with our local PRA branch, superb trip and a top buffet laid on in the Fusiliers Mess. A query though, whilst watching the ceremony we were told that we weren't allowed to take photos of it, I should have asked our guide (yeoman warder called Andy, top bloke) but never got round to it. Anyone know the reasons why?
    If you've never been to see this it's well worth it.
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  2. I could be wrong, but it's probably somthing to do with security, the same reason you can't take picture while on Buck forecourt.
  3. Could be I suppose, just seemed odd that you could take pics of everything else in there except that. Very impressive ceremony though.
  4. Or it might just be that a load of flashes going off would ruin the ceremony
  5. Security, true, plus a sense of history and continuity...........and that ol' Black Magic called money! All images of the ceremony are copyright so, f'rinstance, if your unit was on Royal Duties and wanted some happy-snaps for the Regt history, you can have them taken - but not of the live ceremony! Most units have them taken before the ceremony: this explains why most pix of The Ceremony of The Keys bear no relation to the real thing.

    J-D: if you get the invitation to take a libation in the Yeoman Warders Club, do so - usually top company and it's one to tell the little j-d's. If you click the right night, you'll be able to drop 'names' for a year 8)
  6. Hopefully thats on the cards for later on in the year!
  7. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Probably, as the shop sells a few postcards on the subject, this may be the reason photos cant be taken.

    If you can get to the Tower and be guided round by a ginger bearded ex medic, then do so as he is absolutley superb, his veiled anti-american/ aussie/ french/ european banter is top class. (All very tongue in cheek)
  8. If you do get to watch 'The ceremony of the Keys', keep an eye on the bloke who holds the big brass lamp for the duration (right arm, elbow locked, forearm parallel to the ground); at the end of the ceremony he finally get to hand the lamp back to the Warder and the guard forms up by the steps to salute as the last Post is played. Watch as lamp-boy does the salute ‘Benny Hill’ style.
  9. Make sure that you are out by ten though.
  10. I never knew about this ceremony, so I had a bit of a butcher's on t'internet and found a website that also has a couple of short vids of the geezer and escort doing their thing:

    And the Yeoman Warder geezer, or whatever he's called, really does have a bunch of keys. I thought the whole thing would be just symbolic, but it appears not. Interesting stuff indeed and it's been done every day since 1340. Amazing!

  11. I did like reading the link you gave. My favourite bit was the letters about the ceremony being late.
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  12. Know who you mean, very definately a cracking bloke!
  13. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    I think the beard has gone for the moment, but the banter is still top rate!
  14. I have done Keys many times and the Chief Yeoman Warder told me no pictures is to keep the mystery of the event. You only get to see it with your own eyes and if you wern't there you haven't seen it. Agree with the comments about the Warder's bar. You get all sorts in there and is always a top night.
  15. How does the old joke go...

    "Who goes there"

    "The keys"

    "Whose keys?"

    "The Queen's keys!"

    "Which queen?"

    "Lock it your bloody self then..."