Leica M and the execution of King Charles I
It is 366 years on January 30 since Oliver Cromwell and his henchmen executed the second Stuart king, Charles I, at what is now the Banqueting House in Whitehall. It heralded eleven years of republic, or Commonwealth, before the Restoration of Charles's son, Charles II, in 1660. Every year, the event is commemorated by Civil War re-enactment societies who lay a wreath at the foot of the king's statue in Trafalgar Square followed by a march and memorial service. It's an opportunity for enthusiasts to brush off their best 17th Century togs and strut their stuff down The Mall and across to Horseguards' Parade.
Earlier today I took my Leica M-P and a review copy of Leica's newest 50mm Apo Summicron along to Trafalgar Square to capture the face of Civil War remembrance. Perhaps as a reflection of 21st century equalities, there was a surprisingly large contingent of female warriors but also a significant platoon of camp followers.