Queen Elizabeth II had an entourage of guards. She was, after all, a Queen. But even the most half-hearted royal observers will have noticed the sheer number of them. While most of the guards are around for ceremonial purposes, each member of the Royal Family has their respective Protection Officers.
When the sovereign is in residence at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Guard comprises three officers and 36 soldiers. Here we see a foot guard (guards on foot) performing a crucial duty – looking after the Queen’s dogs. A task that’s almost as high a priority as guarding the Queen herself we daresay.
King George VI Dies
The day is February 6, 1952. Pictured here is a group of people huddled together, poring over a newspaper headline. King George VI had passed away at Sandringham. A period of national mourning began. King George VI’s funeral procession became the first ever to be broadcast on television. Some say the event might have sparked the rush to purchase television sets.
The way people watched and commemorated historic events would never be the same again. History was being made in any case. Hope arrived in a young Queen Elizabeth II, who was officially proclaimed the new monarch. The rest is history. She more than proved her mettle despite naysayers. She would become one of the most respected monarchs in the country’s history and very long did she reign!
Princess Elizabeth at a Trooping the Color Ceremony
Queen Elizabeth II had a deep passion for horses ever since she was a child of four. Her first pony was Peggy, a beautiful Shetland pony and a gift from her grandfather, George V. Caring for Peggy ignited her love for horses which became a lifelong passion. By age 18, she was already an accomplished rider.
She was especially keen on breeding thoroughbred horses for racing. But being a queen also meant ceremonial horseback riding. Starting from her days as a princess in 1947, she participated in the annual Trooping the Color ceremony on horseback, not a carriage. And she continued doing so until 1986.
Frederick Gorringes Department Store
A small drapery shop called Frederick Gorringe Limited first opened its doors in the 1850s on London's Buckingham Palace Road. It was the brainchild of Frederick Gorringe, a silk mercer and draper with a vision. The little shop transformed over time into something much bigger — a full-fledged department store. By the time this photo was taken, Gorringe's had become quite the establishment. You can see a lady demonstrating the use of a vacuum cleaner here.
Gorringe’s attracted the nobility and gentry, even earning the patronage of the ladies from Queen Victoria's household. Business was thriving, and by 1869, they had expanded to occupy three shop premises which eventually made way for a grand department store. Gorringe's was particular about how its staff presented themselves — black dresses if they were women and pinstriped suits for men. Sitting down behind the counter was a big no-no, and the customer was always right.
Dora Thewlis Gets Arrested
Women throughout history have fought long and hard for the right to vote. Among them was Dora Thewlis, a mill worker who was arrested during a 1907 protest march in London. Newspaper headlines about her arrest mocked her as “Little Dora” and “Baby Suffragette.” The powers that be seemed determined to make an example of her.
Dora, the "gullible" young girl led astray by Socialist ideas. Far from the truth, however. She might have been only 16 at the time but could reportedly hold her own in any political debate, thanks to her upbringing. Dora, along with other women, had traveled to London to protest the failure of Willoughby Dickinson's Bill when they were arrested for disorderly conduct.