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.