Today in 1554: Princess Elizabeth is imprisoned in the Upper Bell Tower.

As a princess, Elizabeth I was sent to the Tower by her half-sister, Mary I. She was suspected of involvement in a plot against the Queen, led by the traitor, Sir Thomas Wyatt. It soon became clear that there was not enough evidence against Elizabeth, and she was released into house arrest. In 1559, Elizabeth returned to...
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Today in 1554: Sir Thomas Wyatt is tried for treason and sentenced to death.

After rallying a group of Protestant rebels, Wyatt conspired to stop the marriage of Catholic Mary I and Prince Philip of Spain and instead instate Elizabeth I as queen. As a result of his efforts, Elizabeth herself was sent to the Tower of London as a suspect and prisoner. Wyatt was consequently caught and sentenced...
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The new Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London - Chris Morton.

Following on from former CYW Alan Kingshott's retirement, Chris has been promoted to the role after 19 years' service at the Tower. He is now responsible for the 36 other Yeoman Warders in the Yeoman Body and is the 18th person to hold this historic post, dating back to 1914.
From 'Suffrajitsu' (suffragette jiu-jitsu, for those uninitiated) to medieval armed fighting, women have engaged in combat throughout history. Join us on Saturday 22 April for our Deadlier than the Mail: Women in Armour study day celebrating these incredible female fighters.

In collaboration with the Royal Armouries. More info and tickets: [ Link ]

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Is that a pot of gold or the Crown Jewels? Rainbow skies over the Tower this afternoon
Today in 1601: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is executed at the Tower.

Robert Devereux won national renown for his daring exploits fighting abroad, particularly for his command of the expedition that captured Cadiz from the Spanish. Famed for his charm, he was a favourite of Elizabeth I, though they often quarrelled. In 1599, Essex was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and sent to quash...
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Today in 1716: Lord Nithsdale escapes from the Tower of London dressed as a woman.

One of the most audacious escapes in history, Lord Nithsdale was imprisoned during the first Jacobite rising. His wife and her two friends visited him on the eve of his execution bringing with them spare women's clothing. Dressed in this female disguise, Nithsdale was able to make his daring escape!
It's not too late to join The People's Revolt! This March, let the lines between history and reality blur as you experience what it's like to be at the centre of a critical moment in the nation's past. Do you have what it takes to make history?

Selected dates in March. Find out more and book your tickets here: [ Link ]
Today in 1621: Francis Bacon is imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Francis Bacon was a philosopher and statesman who lived during the reign of James I. He served as Lord Chancellor from 1618 and was made Viscount St Albans in 1621. However, the same year, he was charged by Parliament with accepting bribes. He was fined £40,000 and imprisoned in the Tower of London. The King released him after...
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Romance was certainly not on the cards last week at our anti-Valentine's Drawn at the Tower special. Take a look at a selection of sketches from the event below.

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre is a unique after-hours drawing series, inviting you to uncover the stories of the Tower's rich history through art. Don't miss the next event - Ravens and Morbid Corvids - on Monday 5 June. Find...
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Today in 1542: Catherine Howard is executed.

Catherine was the fifth wife of Henry VIII. They were married less than two years before rumours circulated about her past and present relationships. She was accused of adultery and beheaded at the Tower of London, aged 20, along with her lady-in-waiting Viscountess Jane Rochford.
Today in 1554: Lady Jane Grey is beheaded on Tower Green, aged just 16.

On 10 July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen, following the death of Edward VI. However nine days later, Henry VIII’s oldest child, Mary, entered London with popular support and imprisoned Jane in the Tower. She was found guilty of high treason in November, but Mary was reluctant to sign her death warrant. The...
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What a stunning sunset! Have you taken a great snap from your visit? Share yours with us below.

#PalacePhoto by aykutg1995 on Instagram.
Today at 1pm, there will be a 62-round gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of HM The Queen's accession to the throne. #SapphireJubilee

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.
Today in 1826: The Duke of Wellington becomes Constable of the Tower of London.

Wellington was Constable for 26 years during a time of immense change for the Tower. He reformed the body of Yeoman Warders by establishing that they must be ex-military, he drained the moat and built the Waterloo Barracks where the Crown Jewels are now on display.

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Today in 1101: Ranulf Flambard escapes from the Tower of London. The first person to be imprisoned within the Tower's walls, he was also the first to escape!

Bishop Flambard was imprisoned in the White Tower by King Henry I. He invited his guards to join him for a feast of Candlemas, having smuggled in a rope in a gallon of wine. Once the guards were drunk and asleep, Flambard used the rope...
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“My Protest to the Government for its refusal to Enfranchise Women, but continues to torture women prisoners – Deeds Not Words. Leonora Cohen”

This was the message wrapped around the iron bar flung at the Crown Jewels by Leonora Cohen in protest against the Government, on this day in 1913. Cohen was a prominent member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the organisation founded...
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Today in 1606: Guy Fawkes is hanged, drawn and quartered...

Following his arrest for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London and interrogated in the Queen's House. After finally confessing to the plot, he and his fellow conspirators were dragged to Westminster to face the traditional traitors' death. However, Guy jumped from the gallows, snapping his own...
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