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The Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London

By Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012

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Once upon a time the Tower of London was all about locking people in. For nearly 1000 years it has been London's royal fortress, stronghold, and prison. It was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1080 to scare the Londoners he’d just conquered, and also to hide inside if they revolted against him. Although many kings and queens have stayed within the tower walls over history, it was never built to be a royal palace but rather a fortress, which it was until late in the 19th century.

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