The last time I watched the Changing of Guard ceremony, it was winter time in London and the guards were wearing dull grey coats instead of showing of their bright red uniform. I always liked how the red uniform looked! Have you seen those cartoons and illustrations of them?! SO CUTE! So I was excited hehehe.
Hazel, Yibo and I went to the Buckingham Palace on the first day Hazel joined us 🙂 We got to the palace early and sat outside on the floor in order to reserve our spot! We didn’t get to see the actual ceremony behind the gates, because we chose to sit by the road where the guards marched in.
– Be Early! –
If you want to go to the Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of Guard ceremony, you should be there a good about 20-30mins early just so you can take pictures of the palace and with the palace without the massive crowds behind you. Also to reserve your front spot to get pictures of the ceremony after. Be prepared for some squeezing and possibly some pushing with the other tourists standing around.
The horses and guards start marching in from the right of the Buckingham Palace. So pick your spot well and get ready to take some good shots! 🙂 If you don’t like crowds though, don’t bother, it’s not exactly an exhilarating experience. It was actually pretty underwhelming because we couldn’t see the ceremony happening inside.
Just how disgusting does this photo look -___________-
“The arms race of our time.”
It was crazy though, like a competition of who has the longer selfie stick. This is the arms race of our time omg. There were people just waving their selfie sticks in the air to get a picture of the ceremony. Some had their kids on top of their shoulders to take pictures. I saw the same thing when I tried to look at the Mona Lisa painting, so this didn’t look too new to me. It totally made me lose interest in trying to see anything at all though. This is just another reason for me NOT to get a selfie stick, I didn’t want to be one of those people o_o
All I cared about was to finally get a picture of the guards in their red uniforms, and I did!
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
April-June: Daily ceremonies
Rest of the year: On alternate dates (Check the schedule before you go!)
Starts at 1130 (Guards with music comes at 1115)