A Beefeaters Grisly Guide to the Tower of London. by Geoffrey Abbott
Ceremony of the Keys. Crown Jewels. Free Tours by Foot. Tower of London. Beefeaters at the Tower of London are the ceremonial guardians, and historically, they would have been responsible for the safeguarding of the Crown Jewels, and looking after prisoners kept at the Tower.
In principle they are responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels. They have also conducted guided tours of the Tower since the Victorian era. All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former warrant officers with at least 22 years of service. They must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Since , there have been 37 Yeomen Warders and one Chief Warder. The Yeomen Warders are often incorrectly referred to as Yeomen of the Guard , which is actually a distinct corps of Royal Bodyguards.
The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Crown Jewels The world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia — the Crown Jewels housed in a Jewel House, fit for the 21st century, explores the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in England. - Saw the Crown Jewels. He was quite a funny fellow.
Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders, to give them their proper name aren't just a great selfie opportunity for eager tourists. They've been guarding the Tower of London since the 15th century. We found out exactly what it takes to get your hands on one of those snazzy jackets. In order to qualify as a Yeoman Warder any candidate must have served for at least 22 years in the armed forces, be a former warrant officer or senior non commissioned, plus hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. So that's most of us mere mortals already out of the running then.