The Low Carb Diabetic: Goodness! 1600 Clocks

This past weekend saw our UK clocks spring forward” to mark the beginning of British Summer Time, and it resulted in losing one hour of sleep! In the UK, the custom of changing the clocks twice a year has been around for more than a century, and some like it where others don’t!

For those who have digital devices everything happened automatically but of course manual clocks had to be wound forward. Not really a problem, or hassle, if like Eddie and myself there are only a handful that needed to be changed manually. It’s a different case if you are King Charles III because there are “more than 1,600 clocks at the King’s official residences that needed to be changed last weekend, as British Summer Time began.

Thankfully, he has a team of three horological conservators who worked through the weekend to change the timepieces in the Royal Collection.

They include 450 at Windsor Castle, 350 at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London, and 50 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The Royal Collection Trust said the timepieces in the collection are some of the finest and most historic items at the palaces.

They include musical clocks, astronomical clocks and miniature clocks.

The trust released images (link below) showing horologists returning clocks to the Yellow Drawing Room and Centre Room in the east wing of Buckingham Palace, as works of art are reinstalled after the completion of five years of improvement works.

The oldest in the collection is the Anne Boleyn Clock, which is said to have been given by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn on the morning of their marriage in 1532.

The collection also includes Queen Charlotte’s watch, which was the first to have a lever escapement and is considered to be a forerunner of modern wrist and pocket watches.”

The above words, and pictures of some of the clocks, in articles 

here and here

It was very nice to see King Charles at the Easter Weekend Service, which was his first major public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer, read more here

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