Guided walking tour of Buckingham Palace, London.
From the luxury of debutante parties to the tragedy of World War II bombs, this Queen has seen it all and sometimes she probably needs a break from some of the and adventure. So she’s not actually here today to greet us. We know this because her flag isn’t up on top of the palace.
As you can see, we have the union Jack flying up there at the moment. Which means the Queen is not at home. So when the Queen’s at home, she has her own flag, called the Royal Standard, you can look that up on the internet, so its a lovely thing, gold and a gold harp on it and when that’s flying, the Queen is in residence. So for the moment, she’s off on holiday somewhere. She’s not at home. The changing of the Guard takes about an hour, about a quarter past eleven. Have a nice day.
Thank you very much.
That was the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
So in the throne room, the debutantes had to do a backward walk and two special courtsies. Kind of a choreographed walk so that they could present themselves, it was their coming out party. They would wear three tall ostrich feathers in their hair and after that they could be eyed up for being married, basically. The Queen abolished this is 1958 which might have been a good idea because it sounds like an out-dated tradition and to be honest, its not that easy to walk backwards.
Looking at that knife he has in his pocket, I don’t think I’m brave enough to try and make him laugh.
The Palace has also been home to a few burgularies. A famous one was by a man called Edward Jones or should I say, a boy.He was actually an apprentice to a builder. And the press started callinghim the boy Jones because he burgled the Palace three times and he was actually caught with the Queen’s underwear down his pants. He was put in jail for this crime. But then, when he got out, he kept lotering around outside the Palace and eventually he had to be sent away to sea. He ended up being the town crier in Perth in Australia.
This famous expression is everywhere in London and it actually reminds me of a story about the Queen. When she and the King were inspecting the palace after the German bombs of the 2nd World War, she was immaculately dressed as always, matching hat and dress. And she smiled and said I’m glad we’ve been bombed, now I can look the East End in the face. That’s keeping calm and carrying on for you.
Fashion has always been a contentious issue in the Palace. Poor Queen Mary who wanted to raise her hemline a little after World War I, she found that King George really wasn’t ready. She asked her lady in waiting to try it first and he had her sacked so Queen Mary knew it wasn’t really time for that yet. Nowadays the dress code is actually really relaxed. There’s no official way to dress when you go in. Although I doubt if you’d get away with wearing a tracksuit