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Lord Dannatt Leaves Constable Of The Tower Of London Role

General the Lord Dannatt has left his role as the Constable of the Tower of London. At a special ceremony this morning, he handed over the...

General the Lord Dannatt has left his role as the Constable of the Tower of London.
 
At a special ceremony this morning, he handed over the keys and inspected personnel and beefeaters for the last time.
 
After nearly seven years in the job – the Constable of the Tower of London was greeted this morning by a Yeoman Warder, who knocked onthe door and led him out for an inspection for the very last time.
 
General the Lord Richard Dannatt has been Constable at the Tower since 2009 holding one of the most prestigious and oldest jobs in British history.
 
He's the 159th Constable to have taken up office – a role that's been bestowed on senior military figures since the 1700s.
 
The role of the Constable of the Tower dates back to the conquest and its traditionally been a very profitable one.  
 
The constable used to be able to take any livestock and carts that fell off London Bridge and take some of the cargo of every ship that sailed upstream past the tower to central London.
 
That tradition is honoured every year by the Royal Navy who hold a ceremony of the Constable Dues presenting a barrel of rum to the Tower, one of the many perks and quirks of the job.
 
During Lord Dannatt's time in office he's seen the Olympic torch arrive at the Tower, overseen the restoration of the chapel but his favourite memory is the installation of the poppies that graced the Tower's battlements to commemorate the start of the First World War.
 
Lord Dannatt handed over the key formally to the Deputy Governorand then it was time to leave the grounds.
 
He'll be succeeded by fellow former Green Howard, and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton in October his time in the tower now come to end.  

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