Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Bells For A New Prince #RoyalBaby

David writes…

The Westminster Abbey peal will start at 1 pm today. We'll be hearing it on our Old Westminster walk (2 pm from exit 4 of Westminster Tube).

What's the peal?

Glad you asked. It's the peal to celebrate the birth of the royal baby.

For me – David – the appeal of the peal is the exacting, the minute particulars.

To wit: had the palace announced the birth yesterday before 11 am the peal would have started at 6 pm yesterday.

But since the birth was announced after 11 am the peal, naturally, has to take place the next day, today, starting at 1 pm.

There's a right way of doing these things.

Anything else? Sure. Quite a bit. Good stuff all of it.

That's my cue for letting the numbers ring out: 

The peal lasts 3 1/2 hours

Over a thousand changes will be rung on the six Westminster Abbey bells pealing the peal.

Finally – love this – the name of this peal is The Cambridge Royal Surprise. And – this is also delightful – delightful because it's against the grain, counter-intuitive – there's NO connection at all between the peal's name and the name of the proud parents, the Cambridges, the Duke and Duchess. It's just a weird and wonderful coincidence.

The Old Westminster Walk is at 2pm from Westminster tube (exit 4)

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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