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.
The ceremony usually takes 45 minutes.
It shows the pomp and pageantry of the British highly-trained infantry soldiers.
These guards are sometimes called the Queen’s Guard.
As you can see, they look fabulous in their red tunic uniform and a bear skin hat.
They are known for their serious face, no matter how you entertain them with funny antics.
But of course, there were few instances when few of them can’t hold their emotions. 😀
The guards don’t just protect the palace but also St. James’s Palace.
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.
See these horses? They’re really nice ones. They’ve got silky tails!
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.