Royal London: Palace Parks and Pageantr with Sean Moran - Context Travel

Royal London: Palace Parks and Pageantry with Sean Moran

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The British Royal Family is British History and that History is centered on London. Although the main working palace in London is Buckingham Palace, the most senior is a much smaller sidekick, St James's Place. We'll explore why this former Tudor hunting lodge built by Henry VIII has such a name for itself. Today the Royal Parks, in which the current Royal Palaces stand, is open to all: in former times were once the private hunting grounds of our Monarchs. We'll discuss this history before moving on to our next topic: pageantry.

The pageantry and elaborate ceremonial displays that surround daily royal life in London are one of the biggest draws for visitors to Britain. We'll look at the most famous ceremonial tradition, the Changing of the Guard, but we will also discuss the Trooping of the Colour, probably the most exciting royal event of the year. On this day, The Queen inspects her personal guard on her ÒofficialÓ birthday. WeÕll continue our discussion to other elements of Royal power display, such as learning why some shops in London have the Queens Royal Coat of Arms above their doors.

Led by Sean Moran one of London's renowned Blue Badge Guides, and an expert on the history and contemporary lives of the British Royal Family. In this interactive seminar, Sean will share with you some of the superb pageantries that take place throughout the year in London as well as discussing the history, architecture, and contemporary uses of the Royal Palaces. Designed to Inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a more intimate knowledge of Royal London as well as an audiovisual feast of images of royal pageantry.

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art, and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.