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    Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (2)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 12, 2015

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    The changing of the Guard in Buckingham Palace is the most visited part of a Buckingham palace tour and is way similar to the Changing of the Guards at Windsor Castle. the schedule is 11:30 am everyday within the Palace grounds from Mondays to Saturdays from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year (depending on the weather). The Queens Guards include the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards and two regiments of the Household Cavalry (the Life Guards and Blues and Royals) The activity usually last for 45 minutes wherein one regiment takes over from another. The Queen’s Guard consists of the St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace detachments. The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony become The Queen’s Guard, march to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks.

    Although there many many Official Royal Residences of the British Crown scattered across the United Kingdom, the main Official Residence of the Crown Monarch (at Present Queen Elisabeth II) is at the Stately Buckingham Palace, along Consitution Hill. The Palace wor formerly known as Buckingham House and it was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a Queen;s House which evenutally became the Official Royal Palace during the Ascent of the famous Queen Victoria in 1837. Most Tourists go here to watch the famous Changing of the Guards which occurs everyday and certain times in the morning but you can also book a tour to the state rooms inside the palace which are open to the public (19 rooms in all) of which picture taking and video taking is absolutely not allowed (we did not have time to visit the State rooms as we were only in London for 5 days). You can also view the Royal Mews which has a collection of royal carriages on display.

    If you are on a day tour of london from various tour agencies, the changing of the Guard and outside the Buckingham Palace is included in the price of the tour (it is free if you go on your own here) and if you want to enter the State Rooms and Royal Mews and Gardens, you can buy tickets at the side entrance in the Royal Mews Entrance near the Palace Gates of which the prices are listed below.

    Prices:

    State Rooms Only:

    Adult: 20.50 GBP per person
    Children (5 to 17) 11.80 GBP per person
    Children less than 5 (free)

    State Rooms Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

    Adult: 35.60 GBP per person
    Children (5 to 17) : 32.50 GBP per person
    Children less than 5 free

    Royal Mews Only:

    Adult: 9 GBP per person
    children (5 to 17): 5.40 GBP per person
    Children less than 5: Free

    opens: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

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    Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 12, 2015

    The changing of the Guard in Buckingham Palace is the most visited part of a Buckingham palace tour and is way similar to the Changing of the Guards at Windsor Castle. the schedule is 11:30 am everyday within the Palace grounds from Mondays to Saturdays from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year (depending on the weather). The Queens Guards include the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards and two regiments of the Household Cavalry (the Life Guards and Blues and Royals) The activity usually last for 45 minutes wherein one regiment takes over from another. The Queen’s Guard consists of the St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace detachments. The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony become The Queen’s Guard, march to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks.

    Although there many many Official Royal Residences of the British Crown scattered across the United Kingdom, the main Official Residence of the Crown Monarch (at Present Queen Elisabeth II) is at the Stately Buckingham Palace, along Consitution Hill. The Palace wor formerly known as Buckingham House and it was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a Queen;s House which evenutally became the Official Royal Palace during the Ascent of the famous Queen Victoria in 1837. Most Tourists go here to watch the famous Changing of the Guards which occurs everyday and certain times in the morning but you can also book a tour to the state rooms inside the palace which are open to the public (19 rooms in all) of which picture taking and video taking is absolutely not allowed (we did not have time to visit the State rooms as we were only in London for 5 days). You can also view the Royal Mews which has a collection of royal carriages on display.

    If you are on a day tour of london from various tour agencies, the changing of the Guard and outside the Buckingham Palace is included in the price of the tour (it is free if you go on your own here) and if you want to enter the State Rooms and Royal Mews and Gardens, you can buy tickets at the side entrance in the Royal Mews Entrance near the Palace Gates of which the prices are listed below.

    Prices:

    State Rooms Only:

    Adult: 20.50 GBP per person
    Children (5 to 17) 11.80 GBP per person
    Children less than 5 (free)

    State Rooms Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

    Adult: 35.60 GBP per person
    Children (5 to 17) : 32.50 GBP per person
    Children less than 5 free

    Royal Mews Only:

    Adult: 9 GBP per person
    children (5 to 17): 5.40 GBP per person
    Children less than 5: Free

    opens: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

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    Magnificent Photography at Changing of the Guard

    by davidjo Written Dec 3, 2012

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    At Horse Guard's Parade watch the changing of the Guard at 11 am each morning (10 am Sunday) where you will have the chance to take some quality photographs of the Guards on their horses dressed in their bright red uniforms. There is plenty of room for spectators as the parade ground is a large area surrounded on three sides by formidable buildings.

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    Changing of the Guard

    by birchy99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    All of a sudden you hear loud commands and the cadence of stomping feet. Looking around you see a pair of Queen's Guards marching toward the Jewel House. And don't get in the way as it appears they will march right through you.
    At 22:00 hours each night a rigid ceremony marks the locking of the gates. Go to the website below to see a description as we didn't hang around to personally witness it. Also, notice the flightless ravens whose presence is required as tradition dictates that when the ravens leave the Kingdom will fall.

    The Changing of the Guard
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    Downing Street and Horse Guards Parade Ground

    by WheninRome Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    Downing Street and the Horse Guards Parade Ground are close to each other and do not require a great deal of explanation separately, so I compressed them into one tip.

    There is really nothing at all to see at Downing Street other than the gate and guards that block its entry. All very understandable given today's security climate. Nevertheless, it is well worth a quick stop and peek while walking down Whitehall street from or to Westminster Abbey.

    Close to Downing Street is the Horse Guards Parade Ground. This is also fun for a quick look while walking down Whitehall. The grounds were empty when we were there except for a few sharply dressed guards.

    Downing Stret Downing Street Guard Parade Grounds Statue In Honor of Field Marshal Wolseley
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    The Mall

    by islaazul Written Sep 15, 2005

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    This is the street that the guards march on during the changing of the guards, and is crowded with people. However, during all other times it's a nice large street to walk down, with Buckingham Palace at the end.

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    Changing of the guard

    by Maximilian21 Written Apr 6, 2005

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    A main tourist attraction and even has its own website.
    Buckingham Palace is the venue for the daily ceremony of the Changing of the Guard and have been a part of court tradition for hundreds of years.

    The Household Guard has protected the royal palaces since 1660, and guards are now posted at Windsor Castle, on Horse Guards Parade and St James's as well as at Buckingham Palace. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is on continual guard at Horse Guards -- the official entrance to Buckingham and St James's Palaces -- and you can watch the ceremonial Changing of the Guard there daily. The Queen's Guard stand at Buckingham Palace and St James's and the 45-minute ceremony is carried out daily during the summer months and on alternate days throughout the winter, where the New Guard replaces the old, first at Buckingham Palace, then marching down to St James's to relieve the Old Guard there too.

    Its a nice peice of pagentry but i only was ever interested in watching it a few times.

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    Sightseeiing

    by doreenellen Updated Feb 19, 2005

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    Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace also at Horse Guards Parade.
    It is a sight to see.
    How do their faces stay so serious.
    Also the houses of parlament and Big Ben.
    A river cruise is a must too. With all the information on the many bridges and monuments you pass, it is very interesting.

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  • Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade

    by grkboiler Written Nov 18, 2004

    Every day starting at 11am (10am Sundays), the Changing of the Guard takes place on the hour at the front of the Horse Guards Parade. This is a major tourist attraction in London. Dismounting takes place at 4pm.

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  • Changing guards...

    by austen1973 Written Sep 10, 2004

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    This centuries old big ceremony of changing guards is done almost every day at 11am at Buckingham Palace and Whitehall (Horse Guards) and you also have a very small one at St James.

    I took this pic at St James and found it quite amusing...the new guard along with one of his superior comes to replace the other for one hour but before taking his shift, his superior read him a sort of code of conduct which he has to accept.

    I unfortunately don't remember all the history behind it so check the below web page or the royal one.

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    Royal Guards

    by AcornMan Written May 21, 2004

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    Being a Royal Guard in London must be one of the worst jobs in the entire world. Not only are these guys expected to throw themselves between important people and the bullets or bombs directed toward them, but they have to stand perfectly still with absolutely no emotion on their faces for hours on end while countless tourists come by and taunt them mercilessly. I'm told it's an enormous honor to be chosen to serve as a Royal Guard, but it sounds like the worst form of punishment to me.

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    Changing of the Guard

    by Rahel Written Feb 4, 2004

    I think the horse guards parade isn't very interesting, but well, there are always hundreds of people there to watch the "red people". It's outside Buckingham palace, and it needs patience standing there in the cold just to watch the funny "something" on the head of the guards.

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    Changing of the Guards

    by paradisedreamer Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The Changing of the guards is done at around 11am most days. It starts at Horse guards parade and moves down to Buckingham Palace. The best thing to do is to get yourself a spot in front of the palace by the Victoria memorial for the best views.

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    Changing of the Guard

    by seamandrew Written Nov 17, 2002

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    This has to be one of London's number one tourist must see's. You really have to like this stuff to put up with the large crowds in order to see it. This event occurs daily in summer and on alternate days during the colder winter months. The time is usually around 11:30 am but make sure to get there at least an hour in advance to get a good spot. I would try to get on the Queen Victoria Memorial side facing the palace. This way you can see into the courtyard, and you can see the replacement gaurds come in from the various streets.

    The Changing of the Guard--get there early!

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    Changing of the Guard Ceremony

    by Rhondaj Updated Aug 30, 2002

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    Everyone loves a parade right? The pageantry, the pomp, the circumstance...

    Everyday at 11:30am.Doesn't happen everday during cold weather. Cancelled for rain too---after all these guys don't want to ruin their 150 year old Canadian black bear hats. It's against the law to kill Canadian black bears now so they can't make new hats...

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