HMS President is a shore establishment of the Royal Naval Reserve, based on the northern bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_President
The Guards Museum is a Military Museum on Birdcage Walk,
home to the five regiments of Foot Guards being the Grenadier Guards,
Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards.
The Museum opened in 1988. It covers the history of the Foot Guards from the end of the English Civil War right up to the NATO led Afghanistan campaign.
The displays include many examples of different Guards uniforms, chronicling the evolving dress over time of the five regiments. There are also paintings, weapons, models, sculptures and artefacts such as Mess Silver — all of which are aimed at explaining to the visitor the history of the regiments and what being a soldier in the Guards is all about.
The first Charter of the Worshipful Company of
Broderers is dated 25 October 1561 and is the original Charter of Queen
Elizabeth I. It incorporates the Freeman of the mystery or art of the
Broderers of The City of London and the suburbs... it allowed the Company to
hold lands of the annual value of £30.00, for the assistance and support of
poor women and men of the mystery.
The Charter granted the Wardens power to overlook and govern the art and all using the same in the City and suburbs thereof, the City of Westminster, St Katherine’s in Middlesex, and the Borough of Southwark, and to punish all men for not truly working or selling. The original document appears to have survived the Great Fire of 1666 and there is even a suggestion that there was a devastating fire in the area of the Hall in 1678. The first surviving Minutes of the Court of the Company start in 1679.
The Company holds a translation of the Charter made in the 19 Century but it would seem that the Charter of 1561 did not survive the Blitz in 1941. The Guildhall Museum holds the original Grant of Arms dated 1 7 August 1558 together with further Charters of 1609 and 1686.
The Charter of James I dated 20 April 1609 contains only a recital and confirmation of the Charter of Queen Elizabeth, without any alteration or addition. This later Charter was surrendered to King Charles II in the year 1684 and in 1686 King James II granted another Charter in lieu thereof. It is interesting to note that all surrenders and grants of Charter in the time of James I and Charles II were rendered void by statute during the reign of William and Mary and consequently the Company reverted to the rules and ordinances as set out in the original Charter of 1561.
The above information has been extracted from “A Chat about the Broderers” written by Christopher Holford, a Past Master of the Company. The book was published in 1910.
Information has been updated in so far as the First Charter now appears to have been lost.