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Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting…
…is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.
At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30 am. It is held daily from May to July, and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year.
When we visited in July, clearly the crowds were plentiful.
We chuckled as the Royal Mail truck whizzed by while we waited.
We wondered who these special folks were, that they were allowed inside the gates for a special viewing.
The Guard which mounts at Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard.
The Queen’s Guard is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment and the St. James’s Palace Detachment.
When Guardsmen are on duty, the soldiers are drawn from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army: the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.
The handover is accompanied by a Guards band.
The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs.
We were quite surprised as all of the music they played were pop songs!
When The Queen is in residence, there are four sentries at the front of the building. When she is away there are two.
All information was pertained from the Official Website of the British Monarchy.
Quite the event!
- The Tablescaper