Changing of the Guard and Buckingham Palace Tours in London
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Why is changing guards a huge ceremony?
Contrary to how it sounds, the Buckingham Palace Guard consists of an entire regiment and so "Changing the Guard" involves changing over the regiment, involving a marching band and parade.
What time does the Changing of the Guard take place?
The Changing of the Guard begins at 10:30, from St. James Park as a fresh regiment (New Guard) makes its way through Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace, making the change at 11:00, with the "Old Guard" now heading back to the Barracks until 11:30.
Where does the Changing of the Guard occur?
The Changing of the Guard actually takes place in a number of places throughout the morning, however the most famous spot is watching the ceremony just outside the Buckingham Palace grounds.