TOWER of London security guards have been caught flaunting their crown jewels in an X-rated video. Sniffer dogs were also called in amid fears staff were snorting cocaine yards from where the £5billion royal gems are kept. Six were suspended, of whom four were sacked, after material from Whatspp group “Tower Security Team” was handed to bosses. A ten-second clip shows two men mimicking a lewd act in an office as Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing plays. One of the pair, a man in hi-vis jacket with trousers around his ankles, also pretends to spank his pal over a leather sofa. Memes about cocaine posted on the WhatsApp group led to a search of the tower’s 200-year-old Wharfinger Cottage and vaults’ locker room. The sniffer dog is said to have “shown interest” in the locker room, but no trace of illegal substances was found. The suspended six work for Historic Royal Palaces and are not black and red- clad Yeomen Warders. The security workers … [Read more...] about Tower of London sacks four guards for exposing their ‘crown jewels’ in X-rated video
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Updated 9:55 am CST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 People at the Tower of London on the picket line as staff from Royal Palaces take industrial action over pay. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The strikers carried placards but did not close the popular tourist attraction. There were also strikers outside Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, which both remained open. It was the first Beefeaters job action since the 1960s. (Pete Summers/PA via AP) less People at the Tower of London on the picket line as staff from Royal Palaces take industrial action over pay. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The strikers carried placards but did not close the popular tourist ... more Photo: Pete Summers, AP Photo: Pete Summers, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 People at the Tower of London on the … [Read more...] about Rare Beefeaters strike over pensions hits Tower of London
News / UK and world by Press Association December 3, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A new coin collection commemorating the history around the Tower of London has been launched. The four coins each carry a special Tower mint mark – the first time this has appeared on an official UK coin. The first coin, available from Monday, features the Tower’s famous ravens, while others depict the Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders and the Ceremony of the Keys. The launch, by the Royal Mint in collaboration with the Historic Royal Palaces, aims to bring to life the near 1,000 years of history associated with the Tower, which was built by William the Conqueror. Nicola Howell, from the Royal Mint, said: “Everyone remembers the Tower of London, the grisly goings-on that we learn about at school, or exciting trips there to find out more about the past and see the Crown Jewels. “The Tower contains … [Read more...] about Ravens and Crown Jewels grace Tower of London coin collection
THE Tower of London has marked Armistice Day with the lighting of 10,000 torches for a remembrance installation in the fortress’ dry moat. We take a look at the history of this iconic British landmark and the deep history that lies within its walls. When was the Tower of London built? The Tower of London, which is officially called ‘Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London’ was originally built in 1066, as part of the Norman conquest of Britain. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 (Ranulf Flambard) until 1952 (Kray twins), although that was not its primary purpose. It was in fact a grand palace … [Read more...] about When was the Tower of London built, where are the Crown Jewels kept and who are its most famous prisoners?
TOWER of London visitors in huge numbers rushed to view flames lit to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with queues up to two hours. The 10,000 torches have been on display in the dry moat since Monday. But an influx of people on Friday night caused lengthy queues and traffic problems because a lane outside the fortress was closed for pedestrian safety. One Twitter user described how a warden had to push back attempted queue jumpers, saying: “The street is not part of the queue, you’re in the street.” Emma added: “Mostly terrible organisation of the queue outside the grounds but she was the very clear voice of a no-nonsense attitude to people queue jumping.” Another disappointed visitor said she “could only get a view from tower bridge as couldn’t do the 2-hour queue to get to the lower level”. Transport for London was forced to issue a travel alert at 6.30pm because of traffic jams extending back into East London. But … [Read more...] about Tower of London packed with visitors from across the UK as staff ‘struggle to cope’ with response to Remembrance Day torch tribute