Flags were flown, Beefeaters marched and trumpeters played on Thursday (16 October) when a new Constable on the Tower of London was installed.
TV Tower bridge PAN TO Tower of London
GV The White Tower
TV & SV Beefeaters walking onto tower green (2 shots)
SV Guard of honour presenting arms PAN TO GV Beefeaters assembled on green
GV Lord Chamberlain presents keys to Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker
CU Keys being carried on cushion
GV Beefeaters in procession
TRANSCRIPT: LORD CHAMBERLAIN: "On Her Majesty's behalf I deliver to you the key and custody of the Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London."
SIR GEOFFREY: Lord Chamberlain, I accept the care and custody of this fortress which you in the Queen's name confide to my charge."
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Background: Flags were flown, Beefeaters marched and trumpeters played on Thursday (16 October) when a new Constable on the Tower of London was installed.
The ceremony was a showcase for British pageantry and tradition and was watched by hundreds of spectators.
Field-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker was presented with the keys and custody of the historic tower in the name of Queen Elizabeth by the British Lord Chamberlain. The office is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom -- dating back to within in few years of the Norman Conquest.
It has always been one of great honour and dignity and has been held by famous bishops, statement and soldiers. As far as can be traced, Sir Geoffrey is the 153rd Constable of the Tower. One of the privileges of the office is that of direct communication with the Sovereign.
The Tower of London -- normally crowded with tourist from around the world who clamour to see the Crown Jewels and the infamous prison of out-of-favour royals of the past -- was closed to the public for the day.
This film includes the shot speeches made by the Lord Chamberlain and Sir Geoffrey during the ceremony. Transcripts follow: