After my official work in Oxford was over I was visiting and staying back with two school friends whom I was meeting after 20 years. It is really amazing that we found each-other via the internet. again And friends with whom you went to school from KG to 12th, it is amazing that you can exactly pick up from where you left! I went to my friend’s place in London and then we left for Manchester the next day. Stayed there for one day before returning to London in the evening. So it was my last day in UK that was for roaming around in London with my friend. We had no set plans, and when I suggested my friend to look up for changing the guards at the Buckingham Palace she found that we could go and see it.
We then came near the ropes, there was less crowd. And the friendly policeman was chatting with the crowd. He told us that his horse was due to retire in a year. When someone asked where, he said, “Hopefully with me.” Then she asked, “So will you retire too?” He said, “No, 7 more years to go, it has been 30 already!” He told us, “The first band to come out will walk to the right but don’t move, the next will come this way.” A lady in the crowd asked if she could take a picture with him after the bands were gone, he said, “Unfortunately I would have to go with the bands.” But a while later he said, “Go ahead, you can take one now.” He also remarked sometime, “This is not such a good job during the winters and the change happens even when there are no tourists.” True enough the schedule mentions all kinds of weather exceptions.
We were second from the rope (on the other side from the railings of the palace), waiting for the guards to come out. The two girls in front of us got a call and decided to leave. My friend and I quickly took their places. Ad that is how I managed to make the video and saw the guards coming out. Oh and it was a typical London day, Grey, cold (to me) with a light drizzle. And I enjoyed it a lot.
3 thoughts on “Changing the Guards at the Buckingham Palace, London”
its amazing how the internet has helped me to find friends…both old and new ones..nice video,Mridula..when are you back ?
I like the picture of the picture on the view screen. Fun!
Lakshmi I was back on May 14th and then off again yo Himachal and now I am back again.Kelly that is all I could see for many aspects of the change of guards at the Buckingham Palace, visuals in someone’s camera!