Alan Alan & Pat Kingshott MVO
Beefeater & Historian of HM Tower of London
Chief Yeoman Warder at Historic Royal Palaces 

Alan joined the regular army in 1970 and became a tank gunner in the Royal Hussars, aged eighteen. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Far East and Middle East and has travelled worldwide. Alan married his wife Pat in 1974. With the support of his wife he was quickly promoted eventually reaching the rank of Warrant Officer. Actually his first Annual report read: since Trooper Kingshott got married, he has grown up and is now ready for promotion, a point which his wife continues to remind him of, often.

 

25 years after joining the army, 1marriage (celebrating 45 years this year) Alan and Pat have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Alan left the army in 1992 and went from job to job before settling down to become a retail manager for Comet Electricals until 1998 when, he was recruited to become a Yeoman Warder at Her Majesty's Tower of London. Promotion to Yeoman Serjeant came in 2004 and then he applied for and achieved promotion to Yeoman Gaoler and he took over the top role of the Chief Yeoman Warder on the 16th January 2012.

 

For 10 years Alan's wife, Pat, has worked with the Crown Jewels and they have retired to their house In West Sussex, where they are both looking forward to spending their time pursuing their interests of gardening and ballroom dancing and giving presentations about their experience. Since their retirement in 2017 they are in constant demand to give Presentations to a variety of different organizations and, to date have completed over 70 presentations.

 

All through his military career, from 1968 – 1992. Alan was an instructor and has a great deal of experience in giving presentations to a wide variety of audiences.

 

As a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater), he gave daily tours up to 300 visitors continuously for 16 years, as well as this he has given presentations to: Schools, Universities, Colleges, Corporate Business and other social groups.

 

Recently Alan and Pat have given presentations on cruise ships, something that they and their audiences enjoyed and they look forward to continuing in the future.

Alan has given a number of TV appearances throughout his career as Chief Yeoman Warder. He has appeared on the following programs:

  • History’s Biggest Lies (BBC 2017)

  • My Story (C Beebies BBC 2014)

  • Secrets of Britain (PBS/History Channel 2014/15)

  • Majesty and Mortar (BBC3 2014)

  • The Tower (Lion TV/History Channel 2000).

 

TOPICS include:

  • History of the Tower of London

    • This subject deals with how the Tower was built and used for over the centuries, includes the events and use of the buildings, essentially an overview of this iconic Fortress.

  • Life of a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater)

    • The origins of this body of men, what they did/do, where the name comes from and all about the uniforms they wear. Also where they live how to become a Beefeater.

  •  Prisoners and Punishment

    • What type of prisoners were kept at the Tower who they were and how some escaped? The type of punishment they could expect (without being too graphic!)

  • Duties and Ceremonies

    • What Beefeaters do ceremonially; Alan explains all the different types of events they do at the Tower.

  •  The Ghosts and the Blitz

    • Essentially this is about some of the ghost stories and how the Tower faired during the WWII, Alan also introduces unseen pictures of parts of the Tower not visited by the public.

  •  Hidden Secrets of the Tower

    • Learn about some of the hidden treasures, such as 'The Byward Angel', o be found in unseen parts of the Tower of London.

  • Poppies at the Tower

    • Find out how a very beautiful and for many, moving display of just under a million ceramic poppies found its way to the Tower of London.

 

All presentations include about 10/15 mins talk by Alan's wife, Pat, who worked in the Jewel House looking after the Crown Jewels.  Pat has a vast knowledge of the origins and makeup of the Crown Jewels. Pat explores the stories behind some of the most precious diamonds in the world.

 

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