You can't get grander than the great hall at the Guildhall in the City of London. It's where the Lord Mayor's Banquet is staged. And the other day was the venue for India's Republic Day celebrations.
Quite a statement to celebrate India escaping colonial apron strings and becoming a republic in a building so commemorative of Empre.
Take this - the over-grand classical style memorial to Nelson ...
However you look at it, it's in your face.
The great hall was built in about 1440 and was titivated up a couple of hundred years later after the Great Fire of London.
And of course if there's a Nelson commemoration, then Wellington can't be far away ...
Wellington of course was a prime minister, but he commanded an army in action so he was familiar with the battlefield.
You can't say the same for Pitt the Younger. But yes, he's here too ...
And there's more - a mausoleum of empire! The Guildhall's guilty secret.
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