Thanks to Martyn Edgell for identifying the date on the plaque of my March 17th blog posting. On January 20th, 1827, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, was buried in St Georges Chapel, Windsor. He was commander-in-chief of the British army, 'brilliantly reorganising his nation's forces, putting in place administrative reforms which enabled the British to defeat Napoleon'. This explains the mourning soldier.
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