Happy Easter everyone. This extract from Poppies, Pomp and Poppies shows the importance of the State Parade and services at the Tower. The picture shows the Governor reviewing the Yeoman Warder escort, prior to marching to the Chapel Royal.
April 5th: Easter Day (2015). State Parade, Saint Peter ad Vincula
Morning Service. Today’s state parade was led by the Governor, Col. Harrold, bringing a great end to Easter Week at the Tower. Special guests were members of the British Korean Veterans Association.
The font (c. 1350) made an impressive vessel for the Calvary scene and floral displays were excellent. Easter eggs were offered as the congregation filed out of the chapel.
This font was discovered during the 1876 restoration, when the Cholmondeley sarcophagus in the centre of the chapel was opened. It contained no bodies, but found inside was the font which now stands by the west door. It appears to have been hidden there by the then-chaplain to preserve it during the Commonwealth (when Cromwell ruled the country as a republic), but the priest presumably didn’t tell anyone prior to his The Governor death, so the hiding place was unknown for over 200 years.