A day out in London, The Changing of the Guards

When we went to London last summer we decided to take the boys to see the changing of the guards. It is something they have never seen before. We were lucky as it was a beautiful hot day, we arrived about 10 minutes before the start, however I would advise anyone planning to go to get there about half an hour before, as it was very busy. 

A day out in London, The Changing of the Guards

We tried to get near to the palace to see into the grounds but there was no chance it was just too busy. So we found a spot near the railings just at the foot of the Mall. We had to wait for a while to see anything but could hear the band playing. Then thankfully the guards appeared and marched past us. It really was a great sight and the boys were mesmerized as they marched from the palace down the mall towards horse guards’ parade. 

A day out in London, The Changing of the Guards

We decided to walk behind the procession and followed them down to horse guards’ where the boys were able to get their photograph taken with a guard on a horse.
A day out in London, The Changing of the Guards

I think as I have grown up, and as much as I love London. I had forgotten how amazing it is to see it for the first time.

The boys have been to London many times but never seen the changing of the guards. This really is something ever child should get to see. We were so lucky the weather was fantastic, and we enjoyed one of the things that is so great about Britain on a beautiful hot sunny day.


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  1. 25th October 2014 / 8:36 am

    Oh I miss summer! Only saw the changing of the guards once, and it’s amazing isn’t it? And they all look so disciplined too 😉 #countrykids.

    • 26th October 2014 / 10:38 am

      I know, I am excited for Christmas but am missing the warm sunshine x

  2. Coombe Mill
    25th October 2014 / 12:08 pm

    It is a great spectacle and one which still has my kids captivated when we go up too. they always have to walk up to the guards and see if they can make them smile! Looks like a wonderful sunny day for your visit and the biggest smiles on your boys faces. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • 26th October 2014 / 10:39 am

      Thank you Fiona yes I love the ceremony of it all, the atmosphere is fantastic x

  3. 27th October 2014 / 12:25 pm

    Looks like a fab day! Love the red uniforms of the soldiers x

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