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Daemon
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Yeomen Warders

Yeomen Warders, popularly known as Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. In the past, they were responsible for guarding prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but today they serve mainly as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right. To become a Yeoman Warder, one must have served in the British armed forces for at least 22 years and have achieved certain distinctions during service. How did they get the nickname "Beefeaters"? More...
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Most likely it is related to the Yeomen of the Guards' right to eat as much beef as they wanted from the King's table
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Just waiting for "The Realist" to chime in on the iniquities of allowing men in silly hats to eat beef while ruthlessly oppressing everyone.
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The name Beefeater is of uncertain origin, with various proposed derivations. The most likely proposition[3] is considered to be from the Yeomen of the Guards' right to eat as much beef as they wanted from the King's table, as mentioned above, they are often confused with the Yeomen Warders. Various historical commentators have noted a preference for beef among the Warders and the Yeomen of the Guard. It is theoretically possible that these professions enjoyed rich, hearty broths as well. Count Cosimo, Grand Duke of Tuscany frequented the Court in 1699, and in referring to the Yeomen of the Guard, he stated, "A very large ration of beef is given to them daily at court...that they might be called Beef-eaters".[4] The Beefeater name became was carried over to the Yeomen Warders, due to the two corps outward similarities and the Yeoman Warders' more public presence.
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Where does the name Beefeater originate from?

The name Beefeaters is often thought to come from the French word - 'buffetier'. (Buffetiers were guards in the palace of French kings. They protected the king's food.) However, the name Beefeater is more likely to have originated from the time when the Yeomen Warders at the Tower were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef. This took place right up until the 1800s.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/beefeaters.htm
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The initials ER on the their uniforms stand for Elizabetha Regina (Regina is latin for queen). The initials refer to Elizabeth the Second, who is the present Queen

For everyday duties, Yeomen Warders wear a red and dark blue undress uniform.

Yeomen Warders working at the Tower of London, are usually seen wearing the blue undress uniform (pictured right) granted to them by Queen Victoria in 1858.

This uniform also bears the initials of the Sovereign.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/beefeaters.htm
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