"The changing of the guards" Buckingham Palace Tip by Jenniflower

Buckingham Palace, London: 423 reviews and 701 photos

by Jenniflower

This is one tradition that is so inherently Bristish, and definately a must-do if possible.

In times past, much of the British Army was kitted out in redcoats but now its use is much more limited. (I am not sure that the red coats and camouflage went too well together!).

The 5 regiments of foot guards (Coldstream, Grenadier, Welsh, Scots & Irish) wear red ceremonial tunics.

They usually form the guard at Buckingham Palace and a changing the guard ceremony takes place 11:30 - 12:15 (on odd days in winter).

Get there a little earlier to secure a good vantage point to take those ever-necessary photos to take back home.

If you stand close enough you can also hear what they are saying, which is always very interesting!

If you miss this 'changing of the guard' here, remember there is one at the Tower of London too.. much smaller in size, but just as 'pompous' and enjoyable :)

Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: +44 303 123 7300
Website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page1.asp

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2006
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