The changing of the guards is a quintessential English tradition. It dates back to 1660 and is still performed today in the exact same format as it was back then. Its quite a sight. This monthly spectacle is an absolute must see for any visitor to London.
Brief History Ever since 1660, troops have guarded England's Royal Palaces. Up until 1689 the Household Cavalry guarded The Palace of Whitehall. They can still be seen there today. In late 1689, the court moved to St James's Palace. In 1837, Queen Victoria moved into moved into Buckingham Palace. The Queen's Guard remained at St James's Palace and a smaller detachment of guards went off to look after Buckingham Palace. These are the ones you?ll see today.
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace takes place just behind the railings of the forecourt. It's a very colourful display, with the Foot Guards wearing their traditional bright red tunics and bearskins. They do look a bit weird, but it's very entertaining. The band plays on throughout the display. The ceremony takes place daily at 11.30am and lasts approximately 45 minutes.
For the best views, get there early and position yourself close to the railings or the Victoria Memorial. The closest tube station is Victoria, St James's Park or Green Park.
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