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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Best Camel Statue
Superb statue that commemorates the Camel Corps in World War I
Location: Embankment Gardens, SW3
Description: London's best '3D camel' is near Cleopatra's Needle in Embankment Gardens not far from the statue of Robert Raikes and commemorates the work of the Camel Corps in World War One. It is quite small so make sure you don't miss it.
In 1921 it was unveiled by the Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Chetwode, who had been the first commander of the Desert Mounted Corps (including the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade).
The man who had commanded the Brigade throughout its existence, Brigadier-General Clement Smith, was there too, as were many other former cameliers. Also present were the New Zealand and Australian prime ministers of the day, William Massey and Billy Hughes.
The Embankment Gardens is a narrow strip of public park by the Thames created in the late-19th century with the construction of the Embankment.