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“Ya gotta see it!”

Changing of the Guard
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule as it only happens daily from May to July, otherwise on alternate days
Toronto
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“Ya gotta see it!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Yes, there is a wait - probably 1.5 to 2 hours! Yes, you are only allowed to stand on ground level - no climbing of railings or statues! Yes, it is always busy - it is free you know!
But where else on earth can you witness 45 minutes of elaborate pomp and ceremony that has a 200 year old history! Afterwards, visit the Royal Mews or walk the Mall. Have a picnic in Green Park!
There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world and to miss it - a real shame!

Visited July 2013
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“Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is the first thing my house guests/family ask to see in London. Myself, I have seen this event several times. It is a FREE attraction, part of our British history and happens daily in summer.

The guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.
The Queens guard consists of 3 officers and 40 men when the Queen is in residence.
The ceremony is set to music.

The royal flag is flying from the roof of the palace when the Queen is there.

The guard changing is 11am - 12 noon. Crowds gather to watch. Try and get there early to get a good spot.

Visited July 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“If you're not 6'6 tall or willing to be there 4 hours before, forget it!”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

It was just TOO busy. We arrived almost an hour before the ceremony and the area was already absolutely heaving. Overseas travellers seemed to have little regard for children in their path and no concept of the rudeness of pushing to the front! We ended up leaving after my son had spent long enough on my husband's shoulders and still couldn't see because of everyone's iPad's being held aloft to film!! Such a shame as I love the whole ceremonial thing ad was really looking forward to seeing it.

Visited August 2013
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London
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“Worth a visit if prepared to wait”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Select your viewing point before you go, I arrived at about 10.45am and crowds were already around the palace and memorial (so I assume you need to be there extra early to get one of those spots - people looked pretty squashed in by the palace). The left of the palace or Mall appears to be a good place as all of the procession passes that way. There will be a marching band, marching soldiers and guards on horses. Don't forget to check the official Buckingham palace website for the dates of when it takes place (as its not everyday).

Visited August 2013
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“For you and every tourist in London”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Buckingham Palace is just a mob scene. What we did is go stand at St. James Palace - think that's what it's called. That's where the band comes from. They play a song in the courtyard then start marching out to the street. I think it's the best place to be. Stand across the street from the courtyard a bit early. Some tour groups came by when we went. I thought it was much more enjoyable than if we just tried battling the crowds at Buckingham.

Visited June 2013
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