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!
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 are always posted on duty, 24/7.
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. 😉
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!
Have you ever seen the changing of the guard? What was your impression of it?
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