|This gentleman has served 22 years in the Queen's service.|
Good Monday morning to you! Patty Smith Hall here with one of the beefeaters guarding the Tower of London during my recent visit to Great Britain. A good friend told me a trick on how to get the beefeaters to pose for pictures and as you can see, it worked out rather well!
|Anne Boleyn's apartments. Notice the styling.|
Today, we're traveling back to the early 1500s. Henry VIII has broken with the Roman Catholic Church over his pending divorce from Catherine of Aragon and his desire to marry Anne Boleyn. To please his soon to be wife, Henry begins working on the Tower's royal apartments, commissioning large wooden structures that would serve as Anne's home at court during the seven years in which they waited for Rome to decree a divorce. Once it became clear the Pope would not grant a divorce to the king, Henry formed his own church, The Church of England and married Anne in January, 1533.
|The gate through which Anne was brought after her arrest.|
But a happy union was not to be. Anne gave Henry a daughter--Elizabeth, then suffered three miscarriages that her husband viewed as punishment from God. In order to secure an heir, Henry needed someone who could give him a son and ordered an investigation of Anne. As a person in favor of religious reform, she'd made many enemies amongst the court who were happy to see her arrested for adultery and incest.
In May, 1536, Anne was convicted by a jury of her peers which included her former fiancé, Henry Percy and her uncle, Thomas Howard. She was executed four days later at the hand of a French swordsman, an expert in beheading ladies of the realm. Behind the execution block is the church which is Anne's final resting place.
|A frontal view of the Tower|
|Tower Bridge, not to be confused with London Bridge|
|One of the famous black crows that lives on the Tower's grounds.|
GIVEAWAY: The first person to tell me the legend of the crows that live in the tower's walls will win a lovely tour guide of Buckingham Palace!