Tower of London welcomes new ‘Beefeater’ Gary Thynne

Tower of London welcomes new ‘Beefeater’ Gary Thynne

8 September 2015


Gary Thynne joins the Tower of London as Yeoman Warder (more commonly known as ‘Beefeater’). Yeoman Warder Thynne takes up the iconic role after 23 years of distinguished service in the Army

YW Thynne was born in Plymouth and currently lives in Middlesex with his wife Tamika. Before joining the Tower of London, he served with the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan and former Yugoslavia amongst others. He also served with the Metropolitan Police before starting at the Tower of London. Outside of work YW Thynne is involved with the Royal British Legion and backs the Campaign for Real Ale.

Over the next few months, Yeoman Warder Thynne will learn word-for-word the Story - the script of the famous Yeoman Warder Tour - before being allowed to lead a tour himself. He will also become familiar with each of the 21 separate duties that the Yeoman Warders conduct each and every day.

Yeoman Warder Thynne said:

“Being a Yeoman Warder is my dream job and waking up on my birthday at the Tower of London to start my first day here was incredible. Looking over the river to see the Shard and HMS Belfast from a window at the Tower – there’s nothing quite like it!” 

I’ve been concentrating on learning the Story at the moment and exploring some of the hidden gems of the Tower, such as the peacefulness of the Cradle Tower.”

Yeoman Warder Thynne joins 36 Yeoman Warders who live at the Tower alongside their families. The Yeoman Warders are descended from the ancient band of warders who guarded the gates and royal prisoners, early in the Tower’s history. Modern Yeoman Warders are still Extraordinary Members of the Queen’s Bodyguard. They are all former warrant officers from Her Majesty’s Forces with an honourable service record of at least 22 years. Today they combine their traditional ceremonial role with a love of history to make the past come to life for visitors.

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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit

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