In Sherlock Holmes (2009), while testing his suppressor Holmes makes VR on wall which stand for Victoria Regina, the Royal Cypher (monogram) of then-reigning Queen Victoria. Around 1892, because Tower Bridge was half constructed then as shown in movie)

But why?

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  • 1
    I'm not sure where the Tower of London dates came from, but it was built in 1078, last major changes in 1399... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 12, 2017 at 13:43
  • ...and why not?
    – Paulie_D
    Nov 12, 2017 at 16:30
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    @Tetsujin: Corrected. It was Tower Bridge.
    – Rahul
    Nov 13, 2017 at 4:48

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No reason is ever given.

The fact is that the "V.R." is taken from a description by Dr. Watson of Holmes' mannerisms from The Musgrave Ritual by A. Conan Doyle

I have always held, too, that pistol practice should be distinctly an open-air pastime; and when Holmes, in one of his queer humors, would sit in an arm-chair with his hair-trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges, and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V.R. done in bullet-pocks, I felt strongly that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it.

Basically, Holmes did it because he felt like it.

The filmmakers merely added it as canon set dressing

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