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King Charles III

Three new Beefeaters for King Charles III

The three newest Beefeaters at the Tower of London will wear the cypher of King Charles III, making them the first to do so since his reign began in September 2022.

Emily Lewis-Garwood, Garry McCormick, and Wayne Glenn have been appointed as Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London and will become the first three to wear the stylised cypher—CRIII under a crown—as the previous ERII, representing the late Queen Elizabeth II, are being phased out.

Yeoman Warder Emily Lewis-Garwood (Historic Royal Palaces)

Lewis-Garwood, McCormick and Glenn will live at the Tower alongside 32 other Yeoman Warders.

Yeoman Warder Wayne Glynn (Historic Royal Palaces)

The traditional uniform of a Yeoman Warder is a dark blue ‘undress’ that features the monarch’s cypher. They wear the more iconic scarlet and gold uniform for State functions.

Yeoman Warder Garry McCormick (Historic Royal Palaces)

Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after the Tower of London, announced in April that King Charles III’s cypher would be added to new Yeoman Warder uniforms. The Yeoman Warders have worn the Sovereign’s cypher since 1570, when Queen Elizabeth I reigned.

Yeoman Warder Garry McCormick on his first visit to the Tower of London in 1968 when he first had the idea he wanted to be a Yeoman Warder (photo from Yeoman Warder Garry McCormick)

In order to be a Yeoman Warder, a person must have 22 years of service in the Armed Forces and receive Long Service and Good Conduct medals whilst also attaining the rank of Warrant Officer or its equivalent in other branches of the military.

Historic Royal Palaces

The Yeoman Warders have guarded the Tower of London since Tudor times, having earned the nickname ‘Beefeaters’ in the 17th century. They were formed in 1485 by King Henry VII.

Today, they are ceremonial bodyguards for the Sovereign and guard the Crown Jewels, protect the Tower of London, and offer tours. There are 37 Yeoman Warders in total, including the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Gaoler.

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About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.