Ceremonial London, London
Favorite thing: If you ever are in London over Christmas, you must attend the carol ceremony held on the 24th at approx 16h00. Get there fairly early as the people start queuing from about 14h00 onwards already. It is definitely worth it and one of the few ways to see the cathedral for free.
I can't say I'm a great fan of watching a bunch of Army types in silly 17th century outfits walking about a bit, but many foreign tourists seem to see the 'changing of the guard' as one of the necessary 'must see' things to do in London.
It occurs every day at 11.30 during the summer (alternate days in winter) at Buckingham Palace. The whole thing lasts about 45 minutes. The website listed below will provide details of which section of the Army has the responsibility on a particular day and who provides the music.
The 'changing' bit means the troops are moving between diffrent royal sites and the barracks. They march from St James at about 11.15 up to Buck pally and return at 12.05.
I love this wide open space in the middle of London.... used occasionally for ceremonial purposes. I have seen various members of the royal family here on horseback ... and Lord Mountbatten once.. a long time ago..
St James Park is just opposite.
London probably has more mosques than any other city in the Western world. The nearest mosque on my area is in Finchley High Road, couple minutes after North Finchley Lido Warner Village (N12 0GL), on the left side of the road just beside Home Base. The Khutbah was wonderful as well.
You can check other mosque near your area in http://www.clickwalla.com/article.php?cid=0&aid=961
There's plenty for all you royalists to get up to in London.
Trooping the colour, changing of the guard etc.
Don't forget to check out the dates and times of all these events.
This was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and last home of Princess Diana. It´s located in Kensington Gardens (next to Hyde park). It´s worth visiting just to see the beautiful gate.
Este palacio fue donde nacio la reina Victoria y también fue el último hogar de la Princesa Diana. Está locaclizado dentro de los jardines de Kensignton, al lado del Hyde Park. Vale la pena la visita, sólo para ver la bellísima puerta de acceso al palacio
It Is the London home of the Queen. You can visit only a few days during the year, but you should go to see the Changing of the Guard. This activity takes place inside the railings of the forecourt to Buckingham palace. For a good view, get there early and place yourself near the railings or the Victoria Memorial.-
The Changing Guards takes place daily at 11.30 am. And lasts approximately 45 minutes.-
Es la casa de la reina. Sólo puede visitarse algunos dias en el año, pero igual, vale acercarse para ver el cambio de guardia, que se lleva a cabo en la puerta del palacio, atrás de las rejas. Para lograr una buena vista hay que llegar temprano y ubicarse cerca de las rejas, o bien en lo alto del monumento a Victoria que se encuentra justo enfrente del palacio. El cambio de guardia se lleva a cabo todos los días a las 11.30 hs. y dura aproximandamente 45 minutos
Although the parades are mainly ceremonial there is an important military aspect too.
No matter how well turned out these guards are, the sergeant-major dude will always give them a hard time and find fault. This is, after all, his job.
There is a lot of pomp and ceremony in London. The performance of ceremonial duties by the guards and soldiers around the buildings of London seems to be more important than actually guarding the buildings.
Wherever you are it is likely there will be a ceremony of some kind quite near.
Fondest memory: I find it amazing how these guys keep their cool at times. They have a job to do and they are, after all, regular people. As they stand on duty there are a procession of tourists that stand next to them for photos. On the day this photo was taken the guard was being harassed by a particularly idiotic Indian tourist who insisted on getting right in his face (literally) and asking him stupid questions. The guards, of course, are not allowed to respond.
Back in the late seventeenth Century, Kensington was considered the countryside - it was all the fields and farms, you see. It was for this reason that the asthmatic dutchman William of Orange, who had recently found himself become our King William III, moved away from the damp, polluted confines of Whitehall Palace to the green, airy freedom of Kensington, building Kensington Palace. Many other members of the Royal Family have lived here over the years - Queen Victoria was born here. Elizabeth II's sister Margaret lived here before her cigarette-induced death, but most famously, this was where the Princess of Wales Diana Spencer lived until her tragic death in 1997. After the announcement of her expiry, thousands upon thousands of mourners lay a humungous sea of flowers outside the main gates in a wave of emotion that completely gripped the nation and took everyone by surprise. Not very British, all a bit embarassing now, but that is what happened, and was a testament to the effect Diana had on people's lives. Maybe it was shame - after all, for weeks before everyone in the land was slagging her off for her latest love affair with Dodi al Fayed, son of Harrods boss Mohammed. Personally I would have liked them to have lived and married - instead of Elton John's elastic eyebrows we would have had a funky Jazz scouser priest singing, Di Dodi Di Dodi, i do Dodi Do I Di, I do Di...
Well they DID die, didn't dey.
This seven mile walkway is created as a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales. It brings you through London's Royal parks like St James Park, Green Park, Hyde park and Kensington Gardens.
Along the walkway you pass a lot of place which were associated with her, like Kensington Palace, Spencer House and Buckingham Palace.
Favorite thing: you can usually get a decent view of the Queen's guard during the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremonies which take place every other morning in front of Buckingham Palace...but for something more than *average* try to be here on, say, the day the Queen's birthday is officially celebrated...we lucked out in Jun'00 and happened upon the Mall on Trooping the Colours Day...all the primary Royals but for the two Young Princes showed up as well, it was very cool...
The changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace really gives you the true London experience. Even if you don't want to be caught up in a large crowd, you can view the guards as they approach just east of the Palace walking down The Mall.
Fondest memory: Being close enough to "feel" the experience
I just like pictures which has people (one person or more)i dont really like 'common' pics like this. It would have made by anyone. For excample an actor would have made it much better than I but ive thought its one of the things i have to do it like a picture. I dont know what does it show....oh i just dont know the word 'õrségváltás' in English but i dont care too much. I aint a too big jerk but i just think its not so important to know cos everybody know what's it. ....the solders....change places....awk! anyway! ya know...im sure.
Fondest memory: So this is one of these things but it wasnt the biggest well it wasnt a thing either . There were toooooooooo many tourists and we didnt see almost anything. But we know: it aint a big deal. London has many more places these has much more interesting sightseeing or experiences that this one.