Monday morning we dropped Margie and Robbie off at the station and they headed into London for a day of sightseeing. They went to the British Library, the British Museum, Houses of Parliament and many more sites.
After work Steve and I took the train into the city to join them at the Tower of London for the Ceremony of the Keys. The Tower is Robbie’s favorite site in London and Margie had me write to request tickets for the ceremony back in February.
The ceremony has occurred every night for over 700 years. One night during The Blitz a bomb struck the ceremony and they had to attend to the injured warders. They didn’t complete the ceremony that night, the only interruption in 700 years!
Basically it is a bunch of Yeomen Warders and Queen’s Gaurds marching around, with some bugling, drumming and yelling of “God save the Queen” thrown in for good measure. It was a lot of fun to be in the tower after dark, when all the tourists had gone home, to imagine what it must have been like for the many famous prisoners of the tower over the years, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII’s troublesome wives, the two young princes, etc.
The big letdown is after all the fuss they make about locking up the big gates they open up the little doors in the gates to let you back out.