15 August 2017
Update 14 December: In line with government guidance, the Tower of London will be closed from 16 December.
Gary Burridge joins the Tower of London as a Yeoman Warder (more commonly known as ‘Beefeater’) following 32 years of distinguished service in the Royal Navy.
Over the next few months, Yeoman Warder Burridge 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.
YW Burridge was raised in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex and currently lives in Chatham, Kent. Before joining the Tower of London, Gary Burridge was an Officer of the Day aboard HMS Victory, Portsmouth. He has also been stationed with the Royal Navy in Rosyth and Faslane. Outside work, YW Burridge is a keen motorbike enthusiast.
Yeoman Warder Burridge said:
“Becoming a Yeoman Warder is a dream come true, I still have to pinch myself! I feel incredibly privileged and honoured to wear the uniform as a Member of the Queen’s Bodyguard. Entering the Tower of London is like stepping into another world – there’s nothing quite like it. I am very proud to be part of the unique traditions and excited by the challenge of sharing over 900 years of history with visitors.”
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 www.hrp.org.uk