28 October 2012

London: Ceremony Of The Keys

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK


Tower Of London

Last weekend
we attended the Ceremony Of The Keys,
one of the oldest ceremonies in England
and definitely the shortest

Lasting only seven minutes,
we witnessed the official 9:30p lock up of this national fortress
which holds the Crown Jewels
as well as many stories of beheadings and WWII spies

Built by William The Conqueror
and used as a palace until James I,
the Tower Of London became a well known prison thereafter

Apply here for free tickets to observe this 760 year old tradition
of passing the Queen's keys

- photo by me -

22 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

You seem to be able to find the wackiest aspects of British life! An official ceremony to lock up the Crown Jewels! Priceless, literally! Ada :)

greenthumb said...

Sounds like a great thing to do.

TexWisGirl said...

very interesting place and ritual. :)

Erin Moran said...

I never knew you could do this!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Have bookmarked the link, going to look at my diary and apply!

Ali said...

I've always wondered if the real Crown jewels are in there, or just copies for the tourists. ;)

Ali x

Sarah Jane said...

Cool....my desire to travel over to England & France is getting stronger :D

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I am currently reading a book about the history of The Tower so I found you post especially interesting. Thank you.

louise said...

I learn so much about my own country through your visits Laura x

Holledayz said...

I have been wanting to check into this...thanks for the link!

Ellen at Nelley Kelley said...

Hi Laura,
We lived in London (Hampstead) but moved back to the States 8 years ago. My husband runs a company there still so we are frequently back in our old home. Before we moved back to Boston our friends had us "Locked in the Tower" as part of our goodbye party. It still remains one of my all time favorite adventures and we had plenty. We are such history buffs to begin with so getting a chance to experience the ceremony of the keys was just amazing. I loved your post - it brought back such fond memories.
Ellen from BYW
(I am using my google acct. b/c blogger won't accept my wordpress fyi)

Bronwyn said...

Oooh! I love that place! I never get sick of visiting it. However, I've never seen the "Key" ceremony Maybe next time I'm in London....

Pride In Photos said...

I have never been to London...so on my bucket list!! Castles are so mystical, thanks for sharing.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos (BYW)

PURA VIDA said...

Can't wait to visit someday! that seemed incredible!

Barbara said...

Can you believe I had no idea this even existed! Next time we are in London we'll have to see if we can watch the ceremony!

From A Worcestershire Hill said...

A wonderful ceremony, I wrote off for tickets when I was about 10/11 years of age 50++ years ago, but I have never seen the crown jewels which I must do. Thank you for reminding me about it.

By the way, have you climbed up St. Paul's Cathedral as far as tourists are allowed to go to view London in the open air? We went a few years ago and enjoyed it very much.

Sissym said...

I loved your blog know, is a very pleasant to know more about the history and custom of this incredible country. :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Unfortunately we didn't see the jewels, just the locking of doors and ritual of passing keys. I haven't been up St Paul's - I bet it has a wonderful view :)

thewheelbarrows said...

Really enjoyed reading your posts, Laura. You have a way of putting information into a story that makes it memorable for me, which is quite a challenge and require a unique talent, I think. You also inspire me to become a bit more curious when I am out and about. Curious about this country that I have been living in for the past 10 years, but still only have seen a small fraction off. Hmm, time to plan some outings, I think.
Bonniex

beetree said...

That picture is just haunting! It's easy to imagine it still being long ago, with torture and such going on inside the walls. We took the tour years ago, and of all the things we saw, the size of the ravens is what still sticks out in my memory. Would definitely love to go back!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, that's a huge compliment - thank you :)

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello!

What a beautiful Fall display of color! I always love visiting your blog, because although I have visited London many times I am discovering many things and places I was not aware of.

Thank you for sharing your adventures.

Elizabeth

myletterstoemily said...

next time take a peak at the jewels! :)
i love all the ceremony in the british
kingdom.