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Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace

A friend and I were lucky that we arrived just in time for the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We really didn’t plan to watch one but I guess, it was our lucky day. The sky was blue, too! And as expected, there were flocks of tourists at Buckingham Palace ground. At the entrance, everyone wanted to take a selfie with the guard and his horse – me included. 😀

The changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace is an event where the new guards take over the old guards.
Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

The ceremony usually takes 45 minutes.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

It shows the pomp and pageantry of the British highly-trained infantry soldiers.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

These guards are sometimes called the Queen’s Guard.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

As you can see, they look fabulous in their red tunic uniform and a bear skin hat.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

They are known for their serious face, no matter how you entertain them with funny antics.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

But of course, there were few instances when few of them can’t hold their emotions. 😀

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in London.

The guards don’t just protect the palace but also St. James’s Palace.

Changing of the Guards at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

There’s a daily ceremony from April to June. And from July-August, the ceremony is held on alternate days. You should check their website for the days and time.

Changing of the Guards at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

See these horses? They’re really nice ones. They’ve got silky tails!

Changing of the Guards at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

Changing of the Guards at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

Saving Tips in London

To make your trip easier, without having to worry where to go, what transport to take and without having to join the queue for the ticket, you’d better buy London Explorer or London Pass. Both can save you a lot of money and time, especially if you’re gonna be in the city for just a couple of days.

WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON

Well, we all know that London isn’t cheap. Getting an affordable place to stay in the middle of action or of everything is a definitely a challenge to browse from one website to another. Then I found SoHostel. And yes, it’s in Soho and very accessible to the metro / subway, shops, bars, restaurants, groceries, and more. The rooms aren’t cramped but also not spacious. I love the bold colors in their interior and wifi was pretty good.

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