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Wreaths on memorials, 30 January 2020

Wreaths placed on the plinth of the equestrian statue of King Charles I –  St Charles, King and Martyr – at south side of Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, City of Westminster, placed there by the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society (at top), and the Order of the Crown of Stuart, the Governor-General and members of the Royal Stuart Society, and the Memorial of Merit of King Charles the Martyr (at base).

Wreath tied to the railings of the Banqueting House, Whitehall by members of the King’s Army, with people waiting to attend the ‘Commemoration of the Martyrdom’ service, which was attended by c. 200 people, mostly men.  King Charles was beheaded outside the Banqueting House, on 30 January 1649.


Three identical wreaths placed at the base of the memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens to Charles George Gordon, British soldier and colonial administrator, who was killed in Khartoum, Sudan on 26 January 1885.  Placed there by the Gordon family, the Gordon Foundation governors, staff and pupils of Gordon’s School, and the Gordonians (members of the school’s alumni association).

Wreath and a solitary artificial red rose, placed at the base of the statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (b. 25 January 1759), also in Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Update, 2021Presumably due to Covid-19, no wreaths were placed on the Gordon memorial in 2021; see separate posts for the Burns and Charles I memorials.

Updated 31 January 2021; edited 30 January 2022




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