Today is Oak Apple Day.
The beautiful gates of Worcester's Guildhall were being festooned with (rather droopy) boughs of oak this morning.
A piper and a drummer were playing a merry 17th century tune and this sign had been erected.
"Parliament had ordered the 29 of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he entering London that day."
Samuel Pepys 1st June 1660
Worcester was a royalist city during the civil war hence its motto fidelis civitas - faithful city. We have a museum called The Commandery all about the civil war. All those pubs called The Royal Oak refer to the oak Charles II hid in. This clip will tell you all you need to know about Charles II 'the king who brought back partying'
I picked some oak leaves but couldn't find any oak apples.
Monarchy in the UK