Female Beefeater Debuts at Tower of London

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For the first time in 500 years, England's Tower of London — home to the crown jewels — will have its first female Beefeater. She has served in the British military for more than 20 years. Now she'll don the ceremonial red and gold uniform, with its red stockings and ruffled white collar. It's believed the guards are named after the meat they were given as payment in medieval times.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

A changing of the guard 500 years in the making. England's Tower of London, home to the crown jewels, will have its first female beefeater. She served in the British military for more than 20 years and she'll dawn the ceremonial red and gold uniform with red stockings and ruffled white collar, altered slightly. It's believed the beefeaters are named after the meat they were given as payment in medieval times.

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