Ceremony Of The Keys by Terence Cuneo


Ceremony Of The Keys


Terence Cuneo

Ref GM1177
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 24" x 19" (60 x 48 cm)
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The Ceremony of the Keys takes place every night at The Tower of London and has done so in some form or another since the 14th Century. At exactly 9.53 p.m. the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in Tudor Watchcoat, meets the military escort, which is made up of members of the Tower of London Guard. Together, the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Warder "Watchman" secure the main gates of the Tower. Upon their return down Water Lane, the party is halted by the sentry and challenged to identify themselves. Terence Cuneo captured this moment in time when the Ghurkhas formed The Tower of London Guard. Remember to look for the mouse in the picture. The ritual exchange never changes except that it refers always to the current British Monarch and, after the identification, the party makes it way through the Bloody Tower Archway into the fortress, where they halt at the bottom of the Broadwalk Steps. On the top of the stairs, under the command of their officer, the Tower Guard present arms and the Chief Warder raises his hat, proclaiming "God preserve Queen Elizabeth" and the soldiers respond "Amen". He then takes the keys to the Queen's House for safekeeping, while the Last Post is sounded.