Today we were lucky enough to be chosen to move a piano for the coveted and world famous Beefeaters of the Tower of London.
After we had completed the vigorous security checks we were allowed inside The Tower and collected the piano from the officers quarters. To be a Beefeater, or ‘Yeoman Warder’ you have to have served at least 22 years in the armed forces, be a former warrant officer, and be awarded the ‘Long Service and Good Conduct’ medal. It was a huge honour to meet a Beefeater and be selected to do this job for The Tower.
We had a fantastic day, and although we didn’t get to see the Crown Jewels, the heightened security and secrecy of the job was a bit of a giveaway at just how close we were! Luckily, all went well so we didn’t have to hear those famous words “Off with your Head!”
Another great move for The Intrepid Team!
What are the Crown Jewels?
The Crown Jewels are the nation’s most precious treasures, including the sacred Coronation Regalia used at the Coronations of new monarchs. Comprising more than 100 objects and over 23,000 gemstones, the Crown Jewels are priceless, being of incalculable cultural, historical, and symbolic value. They are part of the Royal Collection, held in trust by the monarch for the nation.
The Crown Jewels collection includes St Edward’s Crown, which is only used to crown a new king or queen during the coronation ceremony and the Imperial State Crown, used by the monarch at state occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament.
The Crown Jewels have been protected at the Tower of London since the 1660s, where they have attracted visitors ever since.