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Beheading Charles 1st - Amazing Parade by Roundheads & Royalists on The Mall

  • Jan 26, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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 This Meetup is FREE.  A photographic morning not to be missed as London goes back in time to the 17th Century. Charge your batteries..shutter speeds, panning, hand held street photography at it's most exciting as history is relived.  London turns the clock back to 1649 - some 500 Round Heads & Cavalliers & their followers march with drums, by foot & horseback,  down the Royal Mall, in full spectacular 17th Century style costumes & armoury...                       

This is an annual commemoration of the beheading of King Charles the 1st. King Charles I [masked]) was king of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649 , having been captured during a nasty Civil War between the Roundheads  under Cromwell & the Royalists. The Roundhead's victory turned England into a Republic for a while & a constitutional Monarchy thereon, when Charles 2nd was allowed by Cromwell to reestablish the Monarchy. 

 ( The event is annually organised by the English Civil War Society to remember ‘His Majestie’s Horrid Murder’ in 1649. )

Location we meet at: 
Green Park Tube Station at 10.30 am at the Green Park/Buckingham Palace exit. 

I will be carrying a Photographic Meetups Notice.

We'll then make our way down to St James Palace -" the main muster point - at 11:30, they march along The Mall and then form up on Horseguards where a service is held in memory of the beheaded monarch, and various long-service awards handed out to members, to great cries of Huzzuh and the beating of drums."                                                           

At noon, a smaller procession breaks off to walk over to Banqueting House and lay a wreath on the site of the execution, march back along the Mall & disband.

Afterwards, we will go to THE OLD SHADES PUB  - 37 WHITEHALL - ( JUST OFF TRAFALGAR SQUARE ) to look at & discuss our photographs, chat & enjoy some warm drinks & a bite to eat. When  King Charles walked along his final route, he wore two shirts to keep him a bit warmer so that the watching crowds wouldn't think he was afraid if he shivered because of the cold weather. Being January might be advisable to do the same ! 

ALL LEVELS WELCOME.

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  • Hannah

    Sorry for not making yesterday (26/01/2014), I wasn't in a being rained on kind of mood yesterday. Haha! Sounds like you all had fun though.

    January 27, 2014

  • loki

    was a good day out the bad weather just made it memorable lol nice meet you all thanks jude :)

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great, but the weather was too harsh :(

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hehe it was great to meet up with all you BRAVE n hardy folks today! Thanks Jude for going ahead n organising. :-)

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Eugene

    Nice meeting you all briefly, i went back home to save my camera from getting more wet. See you all next time!

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      Hi Eugene, thank you very much for coming - it certainly was torrential - & then later just after the parade - it cleared up ( typical British weather !! ) I hope that next year it will either snow or be sunny !!! Hope to see you on another occasion soon :) best wishes.

      January 26, 2014

  • Paul_1077

    Shame about the weather but good fun anyway. Good to meet and share tips n experiences! See you all again. Thanks Jude!

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      Thank you Paul for being such a good sport , it was great to meet you & I hope you got some great shots too. :)

      January 26, 2014

  • John K.

    Thanks for arranging Jude. It was an awesome event. We could have either been in a time capsule or on a movie set. Enjoyed the company of the group. Sorry didn't make it to the debrief but like Monica was soaked through and headed for the comfort of home. See you at the next one.

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      I don't blame Monica - i found i was soaked through 4 layers !! Love it & it was great to meet you - thank you for your good humor !!! Look forwards to seeing you on another occasion !

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Monica

    Was soaked through do had to leave. Shame. Hope to see you all again soon.

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      Monica you are a heroine for coming - it was quite something maybe even more so because of the rain !! Maybe next year the sun will shine ??? Thank you for coming & hope to see you again soon - appreciated :)

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Tatiana M.

    Hi Jude! I'm so terribly sorry I haven't manage to come! Hope to see you soon in a next meet up and hope you all had a wonderful time regardless the rain!

    January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      No worries, we had a great time but it was absolutely torrential .. they have this every year so hopefully next year it will be drier !!!

      January 26, 2014

  • Masha L.

    I am sorry every body because it didn't work out with me today !! The rain and bring sick. Hope next time ll be better, in all ways. Cheers

    January 26, 2014

    • JUDE

      Wish you better immediately :) & don't worry they repeat this every year on the Mall & there are other similar events during the year :)

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • JUDE

    Thank you everyone who came today amazing heroics given the torrential rain !! I thought that the parade was quite amazing - & I really enjoyed learning how to swim & photograph at the same time, hopefully next year it will either by snowing or dry... It was great to meet you all - i'd love to see photo uploads when you are dry... Thank you all once again :)

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Monica

    Good except for the rain

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some of us are in the pub warming up!

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really wanted to do this but don't fancy being out in the rain. I hope that everyone has a good time though and I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are u here?

    January 26, 2014

  • Jo M.

    Hi All, really sorry not going to be able to make it this morning after all big hope to meet you all soon. X

    January 26, 2014

  • JUDE

    The weather forecast has changed - it appears to be going to rain this morning now- however there are places along this route which give shelter - lots of pavement cafes & near St James Palace & round horseguards -the parade will go ahead - I will be there think it's worth a shot - & hope it will be good fun. Bring your ponchos !

    January 26, 2014

    • loki

      still meeting at the green park at 10.30 yes?

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry that something came up and I won't be able to make it.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hello Jude. I'm sorry to dip out of this but I got caught in today's storm and see that tomorrow will be similar. I hope to meet you soon.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for pulled into family commitment , x

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Ka W.

    Hi! I'm just wondering if anyone has thought about the kind of set-up/ shots they want.... I need a little inspiration :)

    January 22, 2014

    • JUDE

      Hi Ka, not sure what kind of inspiration you will need with 500 people dressed in full regalia, on horseback & on foot marching down the mall with drums beating.. i would guess that either you might situate yourself in a particular spot where you can take continuous shots - lots of interesting portraits as people focus on what they are doing or the costumes or horse etc or keep yourself moving down the street with the parade.. i am sure that inspiration will be spontaneous.. recommend taking a lot of batteries & an empty card :)

      January 22, 2014

  • Monica

    How exciting this event sounds - can't wait!!

    1 · January 20, 2014

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