Monday, September 3, 2007

Moira Cameron the first female Beefeater at the Tower of London

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Congratulations!!! Moira Cameron, a 42-year-old Scot has became the first female Beefeater in 522 years to report for duty at the Tower of London.

Moira Cameron started duties as a yeoman warder after beating five men to secure the coveted position. She has spent the past two months undergoing intensive training to learn the 21 separate duties that the Beefeaters perform each day, including guarding the crown jewels, participating in the Ceremony of the Keys and taking visitors on guided tours.

Yeoman warder Cameron, from Argyll in the west of Scotland, joined the army in 1985. As well as her salary of £20,000 ($49,000), she will have the use of a subsidised apartment. She will wear her dark blue uniform on most days, saving the red and gold costume for special occasions. [Quoted from smh]

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