I’ve been watching the interesting Sky series The Prince’s Master Crafters, about ancient skills that are in danger of disappearing. This week it was the turn of blacksmithing, and it has to be said that the ladies among the contestants weren’t very happy bashing metal and managing fire.
However, that wasn’t what caught my attention. The following is a statement by the otherwise excellent presenter, Jim Moir: “The Household Cavalry has been protecting Buckingham Palace since 1660 and the reign of Charles I)” R-i-g-h-t…
As there wasn’t a Buckingham Palace back then, they’d have a hard time protecting it. It was originally called Buckingham House and was built for George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, in 1703. It was acquired by the royal family and became Buckingham Palace from around 1791.
So I don’t know about endangered crafts…historic facts are an endangered species too!
But the series is terrific and I’m enjoying it.