LONDON –The changing of the guard takes place at Buckingham Palace throughout the year. Their schedule varies and if you want to see this event, it’s best to check online. A friend of mine invited me to join her and one other to see this spectacle. To be honest, it was never on my London bucket list, but the invitation was made and as I have come to like marching bands a lot since moving here, I thought, why not.
We had hoped to meet by the Queen Victoria statue outside the Palace, but the crowd was so large that we never actually got to meet up. At a certain point, the crowds fill in all the pedestrian areas and then the police restrict access. I don’t think it’s a good idea to ‘meet up’ best to go together, really. But whether you’re a party of 1 or more, you can still enjoy this outing.
So what is this all about? Here’s what timeout says:
“At 11am (10am on Sundays) the St James Palace detachment of the Old Guard forms up in Friary Court before marching off via Stable Yard Gate and along The Mall to join up with the rest of the Old Guard waiting in the forecourt at Buckingham Palace. At 11.30am (10.30am Sun) the New Guard, led by their Regimental Band and Corps of Drums, marches into the Palace Forecourt, having left the barracks in Birdcage Walk a few minutes earlier (they form up there from about 11am, 10am Sun). After a symbolic handing-over of the Palace keys, the posting of sentries and other military formalities, the Old Guard departs for the barracks in Birdcage Walk and the St James Palace detachment of the New Guard marches off along The Mall to take up their posts. From August 1 to March a 48-hour guard takes place (odd days Aug, Nov, Dec, Feb; even days Sep, Oct, Jan).”
If only following Jesus were this simple!
One is the loneliest number…