Buckingham Palace Guards or Queens Guards

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Buckingham Palace Guards

 

The Palace Guards or Queen’s Guards serve as security or lookout persons for the 19-state room Buckingham Palace, which is open to visitor from August to September. This happens when the Queen is on her annual visit to Balmoral.

Inside the Palace are fascinatingly English and French-furnished state rooms, sheltering the Royal family treasures. This includes paintings by maestros such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto. Adding up the interior are the Palace Ballroom that boasts the luxuriously-decorated horseshoe-shaped table and the silver gilt from the Grand service used in 1811 on one of George III’s birthdays. Completing the luxurious lifestyle are the basins, jeweled cups, chased dishes, sconces, shields and ivory tankards.

Every 11:30, the palace guards in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace are religiously changed. This ritual, which lasts about 45 minutes, happens every day in summer, every other day in winter.

In the Changing of Guard ceremony, the New Guard marches to the Palace from Wellington Barracks. The Old Guard hands over and the sentries are changed and then returns to barracks. This is the sign when the New Guard will march to the St James's Palace, with the new guard taking over at the Buckingham Palace.