Chief Yeoman Warder
Alan Kingshott joined the Body of Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London in March 1998 and was promoted to Chief Yeoman Warder in 2012, after a distinguished career in the Royal Hussars. Enlisting as a Boy Soldier in 1968, he progressed through the ranks to become a Warrant Officer, instructing his Regiment in tank gunnery.
His military life took him on tours of duty to Canada, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Germany and Oman, but he now lives with his wife, Patricia, in the Byward Tower, at the entrance of the Tower of London. They have two children, Mark, Louise and seven grandchildren. In his free time, Alan and Patricia enjoy ballroom dancing, Alan also plays golf and when time permits he enjoys gardening, he is also a Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Coopers.
As a serving member of the Yeoman Body, Alan’s correct title is ‘Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, Member of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary’. His day to day duties include managing the Yeoman Warders, giving guided tours and contributing to the safety and security of this World Heritage Site. In addition he may also be called upon to attend the Coronation of the Sovereign, Lyings in State, the Lord Mayor’s Show and many other state and charity functions.
The Chief Yeoman Warder is the most senior member of the Sovereign’s Bodyguard based at the Tower of London known as the Body of Yeoman Warders and often referred to as “Beefeaters”. The Body consists of a total of 37 Yeoman Warders all of whom have completed a minimum of 22 years in the Armed Forces.
The ceremonial role of the Chief Yeoman Warder, known up until Victorian Times as the Gentleman Porter, involves the nightly closing down ceremony of the Tower known as the Ceremony of the Keys.
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