There is something for everyone at the Tower of London. History, drama, trickery, weapons, torture, death, royalty and lots and lots of diamonds. Since we did not arrive until the afternoon we ran out of time to see the “rack” which my husband was tortured by missing (pun intended, sorry…).
We took the walking tour with a Beefeater, who is also known as, the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary (what a name…I would go with Beefeater too!). He showed us around the incredible grounds of the Tower and then we headed inside to see the Crown Jewels. There are over 11 tons of gold and some of the largest diamonds in the world, absolutely stunning! We viewed Queen Elizabeth II’s crown, which she will wear for the State Opening of Parliament in early November.
On our way out, my husband and daughter met the first female Beefeater and then a gentleman who worked at the Tower and he gave my daughters a special pin from a recent opening of an exhibition at the Tower. The same pins had been given to some of the members of the Royal Family when they attended the opening. We felt very lucky! He then brought us up to a private area in the Middle Tower, which is where his office was located. We were able to climb to the top of the Tower and had an amazing view of Tower Bridge. He told us about meeting some of the Royal Family and his experience as an expert on Admiral Lord Nelson, the infamous royal naval hero. It was quite an exciting afternoon! One we will always remember!
2 responses to “The Tower of London”
Thank you Holly for all the updates on your fabulous trip. What great experiences for you and the kids. How long will lyon be gone? Did you have to take their school work with you? Peg Finefrock
Hi Peggy! So nice to hear from you!
I feel like we are living in a dream at times :). The kids are doing great! We definitely miss our friends and family but are having so many incredible experiences! We will be in Europe through mid March. We do have two carry-on bags filled with schoolbooks and materials. We do quite a bit of schooling online too. It is definitely different, but I feel like we are getting into a good routine and have had lots of advice from their teachers and other homeschooling experts.
Hope you and your family are all doing well! Dave sends his best! Take care Peggy!