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Paying respects at the Tower
January 30, 2014
2:20 pm
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Shae
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I was not certain if this belonged in this section, or not, so I hope this is alright!

I would like to visit the Tower at some point in February (I can’t make it for the 13th unfortunately) to pay my respects to Queen Katherine Howard, and to the other Tudor victims. It’s unclear if it’s acceptable or not to leave flowers for those laid to rest there. I know people have in the past, but I do not know if it in the chapel, or outside somewhere?

Does anyone know if it’s okay, and if so, what the restrictions are for it.

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February 1, 2014
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As far as i can tell Shae you can only go into the chapel (unless you are attending the services) as a visitor between The Chapel is open to visitors daily from 15.30-16.30 (winter) or 16.30-17.30 (summer).

I am not sure about what arrangements there are to do with putting flowers on the graves, but I am sure if you ask someone they will be able to tell you. I think it will be ok after all someone lays flowers on Anne’s grave every year. I find it very sad that no one thinks to lay flowers on K.H’s grave, if it wasn’t that she married to the biggest bucket of lard to live and breathe, and met such a tragic end no one even know who she really was.
I still say her death like Anne B was a travesty of justice. H8 murdered K.H as he did Anne B all over the fact he felt his giant over inflated (everything about H8 was over inflated) ego and vanity had been insulted.
Bah Henry was Humbug.

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February 3, 2014
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You know we could always organise something like that if people are interested Bo, her anniversary is soon, the 13th.

February 3, 2014
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Shae said
…Does anyone know if it’s okay, and if so, what the restrictions are for it.

i’d ask the chapel authorities if i were you – send them an email, let them know what you’d like to do and make sure you’re clear that you want to see the whole chapel because of its history – if there’s something in particular you’d like to see that is not connected with one of the merry(?) wives of windsor make sure that you get that across, ideally with the flowers as an afterthought.

do not let them think you’re some kind of nutcase with a ‘i’m-in-touch-with-someone-whos-been-dead-500-years’ fixation: the Tower and the other Palaces (the Tower of London is still a Palace, a Barracks and an Armoury..) are plagued by weirdo’s and nutjobs, and the staff are very wary of such people – not only are they a nuisance, but they can be quite destructive. if your request comes across as a bit ‘wierd’, they’ll just chin you off, if you just sound interested and ‘normal’ they’ll try to be as helpful as possible.

bare in mind however that there are limitations upon ‘as helpful as possible’ – its still a location of sufficient sensitivity that it is guarded by soldiers carrying live ammunition…

good luck.

February 3, 2014
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Argh I just read the OP, the first time I read it I thought you were talking about Anne, Shae. My apologies. I just had a look at the Tower section of In The Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and they’ve mentioned the guided yeoman tours daily at 4.30, as Bo said.

From what I vaguely remember Claire saying they don’t usually take you to see the actual graves so I would do as Bob advised and send them an email. You can leave flowers for Anne and Katherine outside at the marker for Tower Green which marks their execution spot though.

March 11, 2014
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Sorry to come into this so late, but here’s my input based on my experiences at the Tower…

At the moment, you can only get into the Chapel by going on a Yeoman Warder’s tour or waiting until after 3.30 or 4.30pm, as Boleyn said, when the Chapel is open to the public. If you go on a Yeoman Warder’s tour they hurry you out of the chapel and you don’t get any time there yourself. Another way of seeing it is by going to one of their Sunday services.

When I took a tour group there in 2010, our guide was best mates with the Chief Yeoman Warder and he closed the Chapel for us, took us past the ropes into the chancel, so that we could see the tiles, and took us into the crypt. I have never been able to repeat that experience as the Tower authorities are very strict and the Chapel is not only an active place of worship, it is also a Chapel Royal. I know that some people have been able to get past the rope because the Yeoman Warder on duty took pity on them, but mostly you can’t.

Regarding flowers… On 19th May people leave flowers on the glass memorial on Tower Green and the Yeoman Warders also take flowers off members of the public to place on Anne’s tile. This tradition is accepted by the Tower because of the traditional basket of flowers that is delivered every year. I think it does cause quite a bit of hassle for them so I’m not sure whether they would accept it on Catherine Howard’s anniversary and Lady Jane Grey’s etc. because where would it stop? I don’t think they’d encourage it but I don’t think they’d have a problem with flowers being laid on the glass memorial.

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