Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace London

Now is as good a time as any to recap with more detailed posts of my Europe trip adventures starting from the very beginning. It felt like ages ago when I first arrived in London!

No trip to London is complete without seeing the changing of the guard outside of Buckingham Palace. However, our tour guide let us in on a lesser known secret: the changing of the guard is actually really boring. It’s hours long and not very exciting because there are long moments of little to no action. Which is why I was extremely pleased when he brought us to Buckingham Palace towards the end of the ordeal when the guards marched down the street and played their instruments. Here, we got a front-row view!

Changing of the Guards in London
The officer on the horse keeps dud tourists like us from getting too close to the guards. So she was like, guard of the guards?

Buckingham Palace London Guards

Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards
Like a marching band, but with fluffier hats.

The picture-taking lasted about 10 seconds because they marched by rather quickly! After seeing this highlight, I went to get a closer look at Buckingham Palace.

So the royals do not actually live in Buckingham Palace any more. I believe Will & Kate live close to Hyde Park (Kensington Palace?) which was pretty neat because my hostel was in that neighborhood. So I could say that I lived a mile away from the royals! Nowadays, the palace is like the Queen’s office, the place where she goes to work.

Guards outside Buckingham Palace
Hey man, has anyone told you that your hat’s a little tilted?

Guards are always posted on duty, 24/7.

Buckingham Palace Gates London

When the flag is up, that means the queen is present. Which I could actually confirm, because after the changing of the guards, a fleet of police cars surrounding a little black Bentley raced down that street and into the palace gates. I missed seeing this, but our tour guide informed us that the Queen was sitting in that car! I wanted to kick myself for not paying closer attention, but at least now I can say that I stood 100 ft away from the Queen of England. 😉

Queen Victoria Statue Memorial Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria Statue Memorial Buckingham Palace
Queen Victoria

St. James’s Park was right next to the palace grounds. Thus, it offered a pretty view of the palace and even the London Eye!

Buckingham Palace, St. James's Park

St. James's Park London Eye

Have you ever seen the changing of the guard? What was your impression of it?

Thanks for reading!

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