Constable's Inauguration ( Part Two) Video Showing Chief Yeoman Warder Carrying The Key To The Queen's House Around The Broadwalk Arena At The Tower Of London.
I was fortunate to be allowed to witness the inauguration of the new Constable on October 5th last year. A Massed Guards band provided the music and General Houghton was sworn in as Constable and presented with the key to the Queen's House by the Lord Chamberlain, on behalf of the Queen. Everyone around me seemed deeply moved as I was, and the atmosphere at the following receptions was filled with delight, thrill and pride- unique ceremony, excellently presented.
After leading the procession out to the Fusiliers Museum following the ceremony, Chief Yeoman Warder Alan Kingshott returns to the Broadwalk with the key to the Queen's House, still mounted on the cushion. He then parades the key all the way around the arena to a stirring march from the massed guards band., finally marching into the Fusiliers Museum to present the key to Constable Houghton. This ends the Chief's formal part in the proceedings, which he has personally supervised, so completing his list of now having overseen all the ceremonies held by the Tower. Alan has now stood down as Chief, ending this outstanding part of his career.