Things are finally starting to get back to normal after months of restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic and that includes the return of a long-time tradition in the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
On Monday, August 23, the changing of the guard ceremony was performed at the Queen’s residence for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Queen was not there to oversee the proceedings as she is still on her annual break at Balmoral, but plenty of tourists gathered outside to watch the tradition of soldiers wearing their bearskin hats change guard.
The new guard, the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, have now taken over the duty from the old guard, the Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.
Garrison Sergeant Major Andrew Stokes, of the Coldstream Guards, who was in charge of the ceremony’s return, said: ‘It’s been a long time coming.
‘Bearing in mind it’s been 18 months since we last did a ceremonial Changing the Guard (at Buckingham Palace), there’s been an awful lot of hard work and preparation getting people up to standard.
‘The guardsmen enjoy it because lots of members of the public and tourists come and watch – sometimes up to 20,000 in the middle of summer.’
What time is the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace?
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place every day.
Between August and May the Queen’s guard change on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while in June and July there are daily changes.
The official start time for each changing of the guard is on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace is 11am but visitors wanting a good view of the ceremony are advised to get there at least an hour before.
Visitors are advised to check the official schedule before visiting in case of any late changes.
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