FACTS ABOUT THE
BEEFEATERS OF LONDON
The Yeoman Warders have been protecting the Tower of London since 1485, as ordered by King Henry VII, although they have likely existed for much longer.
These guardians are dressed in red and very characteristic uniforms, and they are also known as Beefeaters because part of their salary consisted of chunks of beef up until the 1800s. There are 37 Beefeaters, both men and women, living in the Tower today, and they give tours of the fortress. They are probably most famous for the 7-century-old tradition called the Ceremony of Keys, where they lock the Tower every night at precisely 9:53 PM.
What most people don't realize is that Beefeaters don't just work at the Tower, though. Since the 13th century, they have been living in the fortress with their families, too. Today, there are about 150 people living in the Tower of London.
Clancy's comment: Interesting facts, eh? I never knew that people were still living in the Tower.
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