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What’s the strangest job in England? Being a Beefeater, or rather, Yeoman Warder, has to be in the Top Five. If you’re lucky enough to join (there are only 35 Beefeaters at any time) you’ll get to live in the Tower of London itself (they deduct the rent from your salary). You’ll also get a whopping 7 weeks’ holiday a year and two very smart uniforms. The Blue Undress Uniform is for everyday wear and was granted to the Beefeaters by Queen Victoria. The formal-wear version is the very famous red and gold tunic with a Tudor bonnet, designed in 1552 – Queen Elizabeth I herself introduced the ruff!

Originally, the Beefeaters were invented by King Henry VII as his personal bodyguards. The job description has changed in the last five hundred years, though; nowadays the Beefeaters act as guides to the Tower of London, attend state ceremonies and look after the all-important ravens. For the legend states that if the ravens leave, the White Tower will crumble and the collapse of England will follow…

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They are a symbol of ongoing tradition that is even recognised by foreigners

Val Ghose


The Beefeaters of the Tower of London are known by millions of people all over the world.Tourists and British natives alike, all love them and see them as one of the top things to see when visiting London.
Marilyn Rueter


What priviledge did Edward V111 give to Beefeaters?
G.L.Nash


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