London has developed its old ceremonies (and traditions to greater extent than any other city in England . Most of these traditions have been kept up without interruption since the thirteenth centery.
Foreiners coming to London are (2)__impressed___by quite a number of ceremonies, which seem to be (3)_equipped____ with the modern traffic and technical conditions of a highly developed country.Uniforms are rather characteristic of this fact.When (3)__everyone__sees the warders at the tower of London with their funny hats and unusual dresses with royal monograms, one feels (5)__himself___back to the age of Queen Elizabeth I.Even in the unromantic everyday life of English businessmen, we can see the long-lived formal (6)__uniform/clothes__.In the city of London there may be seen a number of man in top hats . These are bank messengers who have to put on these hats according to tradition .The same tradition (7)__includes (?)__the Eton boys (the boys of Eton college ,which was found in 1441 by Henry VI.)put on a silk hat , a very short jacket and long trousers .
All of you , of course have seen English films and (8)__noticed_official black dresses and white wigs of judges and lawyers , though wigs have not been used for nearly two hundred yearsin other countries .One of the most impressive and popular ceremonies is"Changing the Guard",which takes place at Buckingham Palace everyday,including Sunday ,at 1:30.The uniform of the guards are extremely coloured-red tunics , blue trousers and bearskin caps, and they always atract London (9)_tourists___.Another formal display is the "Ceremonies of Keys",which takes place every night at 9:35 p.m when the Chief Warder of the tower of London (10) _with___a candle lantern , carries the keys ,makes his way with the Escort to the gates of the Tower and (11)opens___them.
These ceremonies take place every night without interruption.It is said that on the night of April 16, 1941 air
(12)_storm___stopped the ceremony , knocking out members of the Escort.(13)_Despite___this,the duty was completed.
Strange (14)_as__they may seem to a modern European or American, nobody in London sees anything (15)__weird/strange/wrong_ in the old traditions which mix harmoniously in the city's everyday life.