The ‘Tudor Pull’ ceremony at Hampton Court
Although I've watched the 'Tudor Pull' pass through Teddington Lock on a number of occasions, until today I had not seen the ancient ceremony at Hampton Court Palace involving the 'Stela' and drinking of wine from goblets. This is what Britain does best - a bit of pageantry and lots of great Tudor outfits! Lucky for those visitors to the Palace today who were able to experience this.
Although based on original Tudor traditions, nowadays the event is used to promote the use of the River Thames and to maintain the traditional of rowing on the river.
The Queen's Royal Barge - The Gloriana - took pride of place and departed from the Hampton Court Landing Stage at the start of the processions journey downstream, all the way to the Tower of London, passing through Teddington Lock onto the tidal stretch of the river.
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