"Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace" Buckingham Palace Tip by no1birdlady

Buckingham Palace, London: 423 reviews and 701 photos

  Two Guards at gate during Changing of the Guard
by no1birdlady

This is something almost everyone who comes to London eventually does. It took 3 visits before I could time it correctly to see this spectacle but it was very interesting. The palace guard dress in red coats and tall furry hats that are called bearskins. They stand in sentry boxes outside the palace where the Queen is in residence. At 11:30 most days, the troops leave the barracks and march down The Mall from St. James Palace, parade for 30 minutes, then end in a ceremony changing of the guard in which the palace keys are handed by the old guards to the new. The picture I included here is of 2 guards posted at the gate. I was amazed at how young they seem to be. I don't know what the age is for these guards. It is quite a spectacle and is worth putting up with all of the tourists to see at least once.

Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: +44 303 123 7300
Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 28, 2005
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