Thrilling sight, watching this procession of veterans entering the Chapel Royal last Sunday. Inside, two of the Standards were marched to the alter for the duration of the service.
This annual gathering is one of many during the year, when veterans and their families swell the ranks of the regular congregation. The Tower is a vital rallying point for the British armed forces. The Tower is still run by senior ex military personnel and the famous Yeoman Warders. It’s also the home of the Royal Fusiliers Museum, and previously a military garrison.
So many veterans have also served here on guard duty or taken part in ceremonies such as the Ceremony of the Dues and the Gun Salutes. Everyone I have talked to has Tower memories to recall; it’s wonderful to watch and admire. The Sunday services are openly available to the public- details are on the Chapel Royal website. You don’t queue or need a ticket, just arrive in good time and mention you are coming for the Sunday service.