Beefeater – An English Icon
Any visitor to London will know this site, the English guard, popularly known as the ‘Beefeater‘ guardiing the royal interests. How much do you know about them? Here are 3 things that you probably didn’t know.
Fact Number One – The Beefeater Regiment are Actually Known As Yeomen Warders
The official title of the Beefeater is ‘Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary’. The current popular name of ‘Beefeater’ came about in 1669 when Cosimo 3 de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany wrote: “A very large ration of beef is given to them daily at the court, and they might be called Beef-eaters”
Fact Number Two – The Origins of The Beefeater Actually Dates Back To 1485
In 1485, Henry VII appointed the Yeomen of the Guard(Who Became The Beefeater Regiment), to guard the Tower of London, which was, at that time, his official residence.
In 1509, Henry moved his official residence from the Tower of London and left the Yeomen of the Guard as a token garrison.
Fact Number Three – To Become A Beefeater Takes More Than 22 Years!
It is actually incredibly hard to become a Beefeater! For instance, to qualify, someone must be a former warrant officer with at least 22 years service. In addition, someone must hold a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
With that in mind, those seeking a career path might want to consider a quicker destination! However, in terms of English icons, the Beefeater is certainly something that is identified with London, especially the Tower of London.
It is hard to ascertain how much a Beefeater earns, however, one chat forum lists their income as 28k quite recently(we do not know this figure to be fact), however for someone who does become a Beefeater, there are certain perks, such as living in provided accomodation inside the fortress. However, they still have to pay council taxes, and a portion of their salary for rent. In addition, they must own a house outside of the fortress for when they retire.
So, as you can see, being a Beefeater is not a route to being a millionaire, rather it is an opportunity to be a part of the history of the UK.