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Changing of the Guard
See one of the most famous and oldest royal ceremonies in London.
History of the Guard
The proper name of the ceremony known as 'Changing of the Guard' is actually Guard Mounting. In this - one of the oldest and most familiar of all royal ceremonies - a new guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard, drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards. The handover is accompanied by a Guards band. The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from the shows and even familiar pop songs.
Since 1660, Household Troops have guarded the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces. Until 1689, the Sovereign lived mainly at the Palace of Whitehall and was guarded there by the Household Cavalry. They still mount guard at Horse Guards Arch today, although occasionally units such as The King's Troop and Royal Horse Artillery, take over to enable the Household Cavalry to carry out their operational commitments.
In 1689, the court moved to St James's Palace, which was guarded by the Foot Guards. When Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837, the Queen's Guard remained at St James's Palace, with a detachment guarding Buckingham Palace, as it still does today. When The Queen is in residence, there are four sentries at the front of the building; when she is away there are two.
The Ceremony of Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace - Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 am, and lasts about 45 minutes. In April, May and June 2003 it will take place every day. There is no Changing of the Guard in very wet weather.
Horse Guards Arch - the Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 11 am (10 am on Sundays) and lasts about half an hour; it is normally held on Horse Guards Parade by the arch of Horse Guards Building.
Hotels for Changing of the Guard
The Georgian House Hotel is located just 10min walk from Buckingham Palace and offers a variety of rooms, prices and services. You can even enjoy a morning run before the delicious Full English breakfast at Georgian House Hotel.
For more information visit www.royal.gov.uk
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to see the Changing of the Guard? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438