London Calling

amandahlondon

imageMy great-grandfather was a Yeomen of The Guard at The Tower of London.

For those who may not know, The Yeomen of The Guard are The Queen’s bodyguards at The Tower and are the oldest British Military Corps still in existence.
Created in 1485 by King Henry Vll at The Battle of Bosworth Field, they still wear the original and highly- distinctive red and gold Tudor-style uniform in his honour. In London, they are both respected and instantly recognisable.
I have a photograph of Edward ( for that was his name) with my great -grandmother, Kitty, standing proudly outside The Tower in his finery, my mother and aunt in the foreground, two little girls in ribbons.

Perhaps this explains in part my life-long love affair with London- it is somehow in my DNA.

Samuel Johnson said : ‘ When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…

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