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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The Changing of the Guard is one of London’s most famous spectacles. It is the official shift change of the Guards of the Household Regiment, who protect Buckingham Palace and the Queen.

The Old Guard (the soldiers currently on duty) form up in front of the palace and are relieved by the New Guard which arrives from Wellington Barracks.

The New Guard is accompanied by a Band or Corps of Drums. The ceremony represents a formal handover of responsibilities. Changing of The Queen’s Guard takes place in front of Buckingham Palace and lasts for about 45 minutes.

You should arrive early to get the best view.


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