Mark Araujo | On Her Majesty's Service
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On Her Majesty’s Service

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The Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace is certainly for a display of all the British pomp and ceremony. All the guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics, or grey long ones during the winter, and bearskin hats. The whole thing is set to music where bands of the Household Division show off British military music. In some rare occasions you can see them playing something rather unusual, like the theme of Doctor Who TV show for instance.


The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard and contrary to popular belief, they are not purely ceremonial and but also fully operational soldiers. While upholding the traditions of the past, the guards also perform duties around the world as professional soldiers, who in their infantry role, have a reputation as some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army. They belong to a number of historic regiments, such as the Grenadier Guards or the Scots Guards. And they are perhaps the best known icons of Britain.


Ceremonial duties are just a small part of a guardsman’s life. And they not always wear their well-known red uniforms. The footguards are the senior infantry regiments in the British army; most of the time, they train like other soldiers, a long way from London. Sometimes they may find themselves in war zones. In recent years they have also been sent to Bosnia and to Kosovo, to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to help with the international peace-keeping forces.


If you are planning to see it, be prepared. The whole process takes about 45 minutes and the crowds at the Palace are substantial.




December 28, 2013