Ceremony of the Lilies and the Roses at the Tower of London

The short service of remembrance, known as The Ceremony of the Lilies and the Roses, is held every 21 May, to commemorate the fact that Henry VI, England’s so-called “saintly king”, died at the Tower of London in 1471. Tradition has adopted the Norman Wakefield Tower as the location where the event took place. Begun in the 1220’s and jutting out onto Water Lane, itis a world…
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Ceremony for King Charles I

January 30th marks the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I in 1649 at Whitehall, London.The date is normally marked by a short ceremony in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, however this year the ceremony will not take place there due to the fact that the…

Marching down The Mall: Changing the Guard

Henry VII not only founded the Tudor Dynasty in 1485, he also founded the concept of the Royal Body Guard, and for the last 520 years elite soldiers have guarded the King or Queen. He probably never envisaged the spectacle that now draws the tourists to London. The ceremony of Changing the Guard originally took place at the Palace of Whitehall as that was the official London residence for the…
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