[ANSTHRLD] BBC Head Beefeater Retires

Hillary Greenslade hillaryrg at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 20 09:45:57 PST 2012

Forward from another list, Enjoy, Hillary
> Noble friends,
> > BBC has a brief video piece on the second-longest serving chief 
> Beefeater who has recently retired from the Tower of London: 
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17073943 . It is quite an interesting 
> video, and shows him donning his State uniform, his sword, and 
> several other clips of daily activities. They even got in one of the 
> Tower ravens. The final clip is the Ceremony of the Keys, which has 
> taken place every night for over 700 years (the oldest continuing 
> military ceremony in the world). I had the pleasure of seeing this 
> ceremony in 2000. It is free, but you need special tickets well in 
> advance. Here is the official web page for the Ceremony of the Keys: 
> http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/WhatsOn/ceremonyofthekeys , 
> and a Wikipedia article on the history of the ceremony: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremony_of_the_Keys .
> I'm jealous. These guys get paid to do what we do for free 
> --  fantastic costumes, swords, and lots of stomping around for the Queen.
> Yours Aye, 
> Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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