Mr Monkey went to inspect the Life Guardsmen guarding the front of Horse Guards which is the official front gate to Buckingham Palace despite the Palace being a mile away and the other side of a park. Mr Monkey wondered if the guard by the gate had noticed his horse had gone. To drive through the gate you need an ivory pass, but to walk through all you need is feet. Mr Monkey scurried through the gate and onto Horse Guards Parade. In a corner of the parade ground Mr Monkey found a rather ornate artillery piece. This was a French long range mortar, used by Soult to besiege Cadiz and captured by the Spanish after Wellington defeated the French at Salamanca. Most of the ornate decoration was added on the orders of the Prince Regent, and apparently represents the monster Geryon.
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