The upper levels of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney is home to a few clocks. None quite as cool as the Royal Clock. Suspended from the ceiling, this clock hangs above the heads of the unsuspecting shoppers below. From the lower levels, it seems like an ordinary clock that chimes on the hour. From the upper levels, the clock comes alive from 9am to 9pm and performs 6 different scenes from the English Royal History. Trumpets play for a few moments before the first scene lights up in the viewing window and plays. The Royal Clock was designed by Neil Glasser and made by famed clockmakers Thwaites & Reed.
The clock performs these six scenes in order:
- King Cnut commanding the tide to halt
- King Harold dying on the field at the Battle of Hastings in 1066
- King John signing the Magna Carta in 1215
- Henry VIII and his six wives
- Queen Elizabeth I knighting Sir Francis Drake in 1588
- King Charles I execution in 1649