"The changing of the guard" Ceremonial London Tip by kris-t

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  The changing of the guard
by kris-t

Favorite thing: The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the names given to contingents of cavalry and infantry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. The British Army has had regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards since before the restoration of King Charles II, and, since 1660, these have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign Palaces.

The Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The St. James' Palace detachment of the Queen's Guard, led usually by a Corps of Drums, and bearing the Colour (if the Queen is in residence, then this will be the Queen's Colour; if she is not, then it is the Regimental Colour), marches along the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where the Buckingham Palace detachment has formed up to await their arrival.

Fondest memory: BUCKINGHAM PALACE The changing of the guard takes place most days during the summer at 11.30

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2006
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