Rumor has it that you need to wake in the wee hours of the morning in order to get a good position for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London. Still suffering from slight jet lag, I decided that 9:30 was early enough.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London typically happens every other day (daily during the warmer months) at 11:30 am…sharp.
The early arrival did give me the opportunity to photograph the exquisitely ornate gates and the one guard stationed at his post.
I had never seen such spectacular iron and stone work.
By 9:45 we felt comfortable enough to step away from the front of the gates to inspect the impressive Victoria Memorial which stands directly in front of Buckingham Palace.
The massive memorial is seemingly protected by a few surrounding statues; Angel of Truth, Angel of Justice and Charity. We can throw one of those into the yard of my palace. Why not?
There is a similar monument for her husband, Prince Albert, that we saw while strolling through Kensington Gardens. Both are equally as impressive.
By 10:00 we decided to scope out the front of the gates for the perfect viewing location. Though there were a dozen or so folks already there, we still got front row standing.
With an hour an a half until showtime we started to contemplate roaming again. But during the fifteen minutes of contemplation we were sandwich in with no hope for escape.
We were pushed against the iron with barely enough room to turn around. And just as I thought I needed to break away from the confinement, there was indication that something was going to happen.
The horse and carriage were followed by the marching horses. The folks who crowded the Victoria Monument had the best view of this.
And then the Changing of the Guard began with one guard pacing while the other sternly kept his posture. Part 2 of Changing of the Guard…
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