Foto Friday: Changing of the Guard in London

Foto Friday: Changing of the Guard in London

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of the Changing the Guard ceremony in London.

Each day thousands of people flock to Buckingham Palace in order to catch a glimpse of the famous Changing the Guard ceremony. Chances are, unless you secured a spot at the palace by 9am, you won’t be seeing very much as it gets insanely crowded– this is one of London’s top tourist attractions after all.

We decided last minute to try to catch the ceremony, and joined a group of others who wanted to do the same. In order to see anything we skipped waiting around Buckingham Palace, and instead were led to St. James Palace, where the festivities actually begin. Right on the dot at 11:15am, the guards began parading out and marched into their formations. The Scottish band accompanying them played through two whole songs before they collectively went marching off down The Mall. I was amazed at how a spot like this could be free of tourists. It seemed like the perfect spot to watch this interesting exchange, especially considering the great photo opportunities we had there!


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  1. August 12, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    you got a really good photo there. I was always too short and surrounded by the crods so could never get a good one. I lived in London for 2 years and attempted the parade once before leaving early as I couldn’t see anything. :(

    • Beth Williams
      August 15, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      Totally jealous that you lived in London! Were you working there?
      Funny enough, we showed up a few minutes before it started, but no one ever goes to this location!

  2. August 9, 2014 / 7:03 pm

    I lived in London for three years, and I never actually went to see this! Great photo, I love a bit of our good old British pomp-and-circumstance (and just realised what an odd expression that is…).

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 3:25 am

      Haha, that is an odd saying! It’s funny how we never play tourist in our own cities, right?

  3. August 9, 2014 / 4:07 am

    I really like the ceremony, which I saw from a distance during my visit last summer, and then walked down the street in front of the palace where the guards marched down and got some pretty cool shots :D Nice photo Beth!

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 3:26 am

      Thanks Chanel! The ceremony was a lot cooler than I thought it would be. We also didn’t bother going, but I’m glad I did!