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Changing of the Guard, London: 40 reviews and 47 photos

The men you see around Buckingham Palace and around London are not only ceremonial guards. While upholding the traditions of the past, they perform duties throughout the world as professional soldiers and are known as some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army. The responsibility of guarding the Sovereign by the Household Troops dates back to the time of Henry VII (1485-1509). They take an active role in protecting their Sovereign and at night they patrol the grounds of both Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace. These are some of the best soldiers in the British Army and have fought in many major areas of conflict since the 17th Century.

The Household Division is made up of seven Regiments and comprise of the Household Cavalry Regiment, The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals along with five other Regiments of Foot Guards, the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards.

Following is the breakdown of the dress code for the Guards:

Life Guards - Wear a metal helmet with a white plum on the helmet, red tunic no buttons

Blues & Royals – Wear a metal helmet with a red plume on helmet, blue tunic no buttons

Grenadier - Wear a bearskin cap with a white plume worn on the left, red tunic singly buttons

Goldstream - Wear a bearskin cap with a red plume worn on the right, red tunic, pairs of buttons

Scots-Wear a bearskin cap with no plume, red tunic threes of buttons

Irish - Wear a bearskin cap with a blue plume worn on the right, red tunic, fours of buttons

Welsh - Wear a bearskin cap with a white/green/white plume worn on the left, red tunic, fives of buttons

Address: Buckingham Palace London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
Directions: Nearest Tube, Hyde Park Corner. At Constitution Hill.
Phone: +44 303 123 7300

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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