Photographer's Note

The Ceremony of the Keys.
Near the frontier dividing Gibraltar and Spain a model of the Port Sergeant holding the Keys of Gibraltar can be seen. The model is a reminder of the tradition began by General Sir George Elliot who was Governor of Gibraltar during the Great Siege (1779-1783). He carried the keys of the Garrison on him at all times and was even said to have slept with them under his pillow.
Since this time successive Governors have kept up the tradition by carrying the keys at all official functions. The only time when the keys were not in the possession of the Governor was when they were handed over to the Port Sergeant for the daily ceremonial opening and closing of the gates of Gibraltar. This was a daily task which was carried out by the Garrison until the beginning of the Century. This ceremony is now re-enacted only twice a year.

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  • Copyright: Trevor Morris (longsnoz) (29)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2006-02-20
  • Categories: Cerimónias
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-02-23 13:32
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