Beefeaters (1974)

Two of the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London. King Henry VII established the Warders as his bodyguards in 1485. They sometimes wear a red and gold Elizabethan-era uniform, complete with pleated white ruffle around the neck. But they’re more often seen in this “off-duty” dress that Queen Victoria “recently” gave them permission to wear.

It isn’t clear how the Yeoman Warders became known as “beefeaters.” It may refer to the fondness of some early Warders for beef, or it may have originated as a pejorative among poorer Londoners who seldom if ever got to eat beef. I have no idea what was responsible for the dyspeptic expression of the Warder on the left, but it was more than 20 years before the Mad Cow Disease scare.

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