The Changing of the Guard or The Change of the Guard may refer to:
Guard Mounting, a formal ceremony in which sentries providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries.
Changing the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace and at Horseguards.
The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Changing the queen’s life guard – Horse Guards Parade
“The Queen’s Lifeguard,” mounted on horses immaculately prepared with pectorals shining in the sun, presents an exciting sight as they ride through the streets of London to Change the Guard at the Horse Guards Parade.
The Queen’s Life Guard is usually provided by men of the Domestic Cavalry Mounted Regiment consisting of a Life Guards Squadron wearing red robes and feathered white helmets, and a Royal and Blue Squadron in blue tunics and plumed red helmets .
The Blues and Royals at the Horse Guards Parade. The Guards of Life set up guard at Horse Guards, the official entrance of St. James and Buckingham Palace, since the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660. The New Guard leaves Hyde Park Barracks at 10:28 a.m. and 9:28 a.m. on Sundays to go to Horse Guards Parade via Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill and The Mall on the way to the guard change ceremony.
While Changing the Queen’s Lifeguard is not as well known as Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, smaller crowds with no handrails between you and the men and horses that take part in it make it ideal for younger children and for those seeking incredible pictures.
The ceremony lasts about half an hour, and the mounted sentinels change every hour, or half an hour, in very cold weather during the day, until 4 pm, when a dismantling ceremony takes place.
Changing the Vital Guard Ceremony
C hanging the life guard takes place daily at 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Always check the confirmed dates before planning a visit such as State Occasions or other ceremonial duties, sometimes leading to changes in the timeline for Changing the Queen’s Life Guards.
The Old Guard forms on the north side of the grounds on Horse Guards.
When the New Guard arrives, the trumpeters of the Old and New Guard sound a Royal Salute.
When the two guards formed in the hall, the chief corporal and the sentinels of the first aid of the new guard leave to the ward of the guard.
The Sentries of the Old Guard, after being released, join the rest of the Old Guard on the north side of the enclosure.
When the Old Guard departs, the trumpeters again make a Royal Salute.
Note: Standard and trumpeters only parade with a Long Guard.
A Long Guard is set up when the Queen is in residence at Buckingham Palace, the Long Guard is made up of an Officer, a Corporal Major, who carries Standard, two Non-commissioned Officers, a Trumpeter and ten Troopers.
A “Short Guard” is set up when the Queen is not in residence at Buckingham Palace. The Short Guards are composed of two Non-Commissioned Officers and ten Soldiers.
If the Queen leaves London while the Guard is set up or, having left, returns to Buckingham Palace, the Guard is “masked” or “masde-se” to suit.
The 4 ‘O’
Life guard of the queen dismount parade
The Four O’Clock Parade, also known as the Dismount Ceremony and Punishment Parade, takes place at 4:00 p.m. on the patio in front of the Horse Guards building (across from Whitehall).
The guards are inspected by an officer and then the mounted guards take the horses back to the stables for the night.
Two dismounted sentries will guard the entrance until 8:00 PM when the Horse Guards gates will be closed and then a sentry will remain on duty until 7:00 AM when the gates reopen.
The 4 Clock Parade began in 1894, when Queen Victoria found the entire guard drinking and playing while on duty.
As punishment, she said they needed to be inspected every day at 4 pm by an officer for the next 100 years!
The 100 years ended in 1994. However, the reigning queen wanted the parade to continue as a tradition.
The duties of life guards
The Life Guards are under orders to bar all carriages and cars from entering through the Horse Guard Arch, unless the traveler is in possession and capable of producing an Ivory Pass, only the Royal Family is exempt from this rule.
Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade, is a large parade off of Whitehall in central London.
In addition to being the location for the Queen’s Lifeguard exchange, it is also the site of Trooping the Color, which commemorates the Queen’s Birthday and the Strike Retreat.