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This stunning shot of the Tower of London by @trixa_bella is one of 9 shortlisted for our Photo of the Year!

Each week, we pick our favourite palace photos from the brilliant selection shared on social media by our visitors. Now, as 2016 draws to a close, we’re asking you to select our Photo of the Year. Take a look at the shortlist and cast your vote on our blog. The winner will be announced...
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Join us in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula to celebrate Advent and Christmas 2016 with music and song. In this historic and intimate Chapel, nestled in the shadow of the Tower of London’s mighty White Tower, three acclaimed ensembles will perform three very different programmes.

Celebrate #Christmas at the Tower: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Puer Natus est: A boy is born
An evening of Tudor Music...
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Today in 1499: Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne, is hanged after attempting to escape his imprisonment in the Tower of London.

In 1491, Warbeck claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the two β€˜Princes in the Tower’. Over the next six years, he proved to be a major threat to Henry VII, rallying support for his claim to the throne. Eventually, Warbeck was captured and...
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The Byward Tower of the Tower of London was built in the 13th century and is home to a beautiful and very rare medieval wall painting. It was concealed for many centuries only to be re-discovered by art restorers in 1953. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist, St John the Baptist and St Michael the Archangel.

Curator Jane Spooner explores the painting in more detail on...
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Replicating Medieval Wall Painting at the Tower of London - HRP - Curators Blog

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From Normans and Huguenots to Indian lascars and the arrival of the MV Windrush, London has always been a highly mobile metropolis. To discuss the history of migration, we have invited a panel of writers, broadcasters and historians to take part in our Curious Connections series on 22 November at the Tower of London.

Curious Connections... Migration and Mobility will feature contributions...
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The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London is home to an exquisite 17th century organ. Around 400m squared of gold leaf has been delicately applied to the pipes as part of recent conservation works.

This festive season, the Chapel is hosting a series of concerts in celebration of Advent and Christmas. Find out more about the Chapel's festive programme here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
There's a delightful chill in the air as the Tower of London Ice Rink gets ready for its grand opening. Come and skate in our moat, available daily from 11am.

Get your skates on: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today at 1pm, there will be a 62 round gun salute in honour of HRH The Prince of Wales's 68th birthday.

As well as the usual 21 rounds for a Royal anniversary, an extra 20 are fired as the Tower of London is a Royal Palace and Fortress, and a further 21 for the City of London.
Lest we forget.
Lest we forget.
Our Yeoman Warders stand with the Tower of London's wreath, made from some of the 888,246 ceramic poppies, taken from the poignant installation, 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' displayed in the Tower moat in 2014.

Pictured here are (l-r)
Yeoman Serjeant Peter McGowran, Royal Air Force
Chief Yeoman Warder Alan Kingshott, British Army
Yeoman Warder Rob Fuller, Royal Navy
and Yeoman Warder...
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Today in 1605: Ambrose Rookwood, one of the Gunpowder Plotters, is arrested.
Ambrose Rookwood was arrested for his part in the Gunpowder Plot and held at Worcester Gaol. Before his capture, Ambrose Rookwood, with co-conspirators like Sir Everard Digby, had used his wealth to purchase large numbers of horses, in preparation for an uprising against the King.
Read more about the Gunpowder Plot:...
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Visit the Tower of London after-hours and take part in Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre. Explore stories from the 1,000-year history of this royal palace and fortress.
This month, zealots, radicals, martyrs and saints are your subjects. You'll sketch Guy Fawkes at the site of his interrogation and meet guest artist Lozzy Bones.
The next session is on the 16th November, book your ticket...
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Today in 1914: Carl Hans Lody becomes the first spy to be executed at the Tower.

German spy, Carl Hans Lody, was the Tower’s first prisoner for nearly 100 years and the first to be executed there for nearly 200 years. Between 1914 and April 1916, eleven men of various nationalities were held, tried and executed by firing squad for espionage. Lody lived up to his nickname of β€˜the respectable...
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Today in 1605: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!

Guy Fawkes was held prisoner at the Tower of London for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, prior to his execution. He was captured whilst guarding explosives underneath the House of Lords, stored there in an attempt to assassinate the Protestant King James I in favour for the King's Catholic daughter, Princess...
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Today in 1470: Edward V is born.

The sons of King Edward IV, 12-year-old Edward V and his younger brother Richard, were sent to the Tower by their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. By July 1483 they were declared illegitimate and the Duke was crowned King Richard III. The Princes were never seen again...

Discover more about their story here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Earlier today, a 41 round gun salute took place at the Tower of London honouring the state visit of the President of Colombia. 20 rounds were fired as the Tower is a royal palace and fortress and 21 were fired for the City of London.
Happy Halloween! Have you heard the story of the Ghost Bear, said to have appeared outside the Martin Tower in the early 19th century? Dare to hear the full story in this video.

Discover more spooky tales from the Tower's history on a Twilight Tour, led by our Yeoman Warders after hours: [ Bit.ly Link ]