|Changing of the Guard, London|
We had to arrive early for our prime location in front of the palace gates for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. and take about 45 minutes to complete across multiple locations, including St. James Palace and Horse Guard’s Parade. The British Army website posts the schedule for Buckingham Palace.
|The Palace Gates|
|Crowds Gathering Around Victoria Monument|
|The Marching Band|
2. Windsor Castle, Windsor
We caught another similar ceremony while touring Queen Elizabeth’s favourite residence, Windsor Castle. The Changing of the Guard takes place in the castle’s Lower Ward near St. George’s Chapel. The British Army website also posts a schedule for Windsor Castle.
|The Round Tower|
|St. George's Chapel|
|The Lower Ward|
3. The Prince’s Palace, Monaco
Meanwhile on the relaxed Cote d’Azur, the guard changes a little bit later than in England. The ceremony takes place at 11:55 a.m. on Palace Square in front of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco Ville. A little red tourist train stops near the palace at the top of 'the Rock’. The guards’ uniforms here are better suited to the mild Mediterranean climate - no bearskin hats!
|The Prince's Palace, Monaco|
|Palace Clock Tower|
|Monaco Tourist Train|
|Changing of the Guard, Monaco|