Last night, we had a great time . . . at Buckingham Palace. No it's not one of my usual haunts, but I was getting an honorary degree from the University of London, and Princess Anne is the Chancellor, so on this occasion the University's Foundation Day was there. (Thank you all for a lovely time, and thank you John for a lovely speech.)
Anyway, there is one bit of the palace that made an impression from the very first time we went round with the kids, when it was newly open to the public. And that is a small room called the "Guard Room" at the top of the Grand Staircase. There are two amazing statues there -- of Victoria and Albert as Romans (not the ones at the top of this post -- these are variations on the same theme). And as we spotted last night there are some other Roman themes in that little room too.