Date(s) - 04/07/2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charing Cross Station
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December 1918. US President Woodrow Wilson arrives at London’s Charing Cross station to a hero’s welcome. This is much more than just the Christmas decs – bells are tolling, crowds are cheering, artillery boom and overhead in the Boxing Day skies, planes duck and dive. With the US’s short but decisive intervention on the Western Front, Wilson had saved London’s bacon, and our walking tour follows the grand ceremonial route taken that afternoon by King George V and President Wilson in an open top carriage – the very same vehicle we last saw used at Kate and Wills’ wedding. We walk through London’s historic West End – along the exclusive districts of St James and Piccadilly – down a route that on the day was lined with men and for the first time, women in uniform. We end in front of the balcony at Buckingham Palace where Wilson took the adulation of the crowd.
But the following evening at the Palace, at the grand banquet in his honour the President delivered a message that was highly unpalatable to his dolled-up audience.
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