"Horse Guard Building" Horse Guards Parade Tip by smschley

Horse Guards Parade, London: 75 reviews and 148 photos


Horse Guards sits on the site of Henry VIII's tournament ground or 'tiltyard' and has held a guardhouse since 1649. It was placed at its present spot because of the layout of the roads in the vicinity as protection for Whitehall Palace. The current building stems from 1750 after the previous guardhouse fell apart due to fires and storm damage.

Horse Guards originally was the main entrance to Buckingham Palace and royal processions traveling through Whitehall still pass under the arches of the building. Incidentally only members of the Royal Family are permitted to drive through the central arch.

The Queen is colonel-in-chief of seven regiments, which are collectively known as the Household Regiments. Out of these, three Foot Guards regiments take it in turn to guard Buckingham Palace, whilst two Cavalry regiments guard the Horse Guards Building on Whitehall. All of these regiments take part in the daily ceremony known as the Changing of the Guard. Technically the name includes both the guards of Buckingham Palace and those at the Horse Guards Building, but in more common usage the name Changing of the Guard refers to the ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, whilst the ceremony that involves the Horse Guards is known as the Horse Guards Parade

Address: Whitehall London SW1A 2AX
Directions: Nearest Tube, Charing Cross. At Horse Guard Ave.
Phone: +44 20 7930 3070
Website: http://www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk/

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2005
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