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|First Woman Beefeater for Tower of London|
- Female Yeoman Warder set for September debut
THE TOWER OF LONDON is to get its first woman Beefeater in September 2007.
The female Yeoman Warder, as yet unnamed, will complete a rigorous training programme before reporting for duty at the Tower in the Autumn. She was the only woman among six candidates for the vacancy said a spokeperson.
"More women have got the criteria that they need" said The Tower's Natasha Wollard.
Candidates need to have completed a minimum of 22 years military service to qualify.
The new recruit will assist the 35 strong team of Beefeaters to guard the Tower, the Crown Jewels and of course the historic ravens.
While she will be the Tower's first female Beefeater, the new arrival will join a long line of women who have lived at the Tower, albeit on the wrong side of the cell doors.
They include Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth, all captives in the 16th century.
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