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MAY 2019 - Dates and Times - Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Date Day Time Regiment
Friday 10th May 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Sunday 12th May 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Monday 13th May 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Wednesday 15th May 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Friday 17th May 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Sunday 19th May 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Monday 20th May 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Wednesday 22nd May 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Friday 24th May 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron Royal Air Force
Saturday 25th May 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Sunday 26th May 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Monday 27th May 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Wednesday 29th May 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Friday 31st May 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron Royal Air Force

June 2019 - Dates and Times - Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Date Day Time Regiment
Saturday 1st June 16:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Sunday 2nd June 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Monday 3rd June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Wednesday 5th June 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Friday 7th June 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron RAF
Saturday 8th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Sunday 9th June 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron RAF
Monday 10th June 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Tuesday

11h June 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron RAF
Wednesday 12th June 11:00 F Company Scots Guards
Thursday

13th June 11:00 Queen’s Colour Squadron RAF
Friday 14th June 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Saturday 15th June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Sunday 16th June 11:00 1st Btn Welsh Guards
Monday 17th June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Tuesday

18th June 11:00 Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards
Wednesday 19th June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Thursday

20th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Friday 21st June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Saturday 22nd June 11:00 7 Company Coldstream Guards
Sunday 23rd June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Monday 24th June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Tuesday

25th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Wednesday 26th June 11:00 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Thursday

27th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Friday 28th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards
Saturday 29th June 11:00 7 Company Coldstream Guards
Sunday 30th June 11:00 1st Btn Grenadier Guards

The Changing of the Guard

The traditional ceremony of the old guard changing with the new.

Changing of the Guard is one of the oldest and most recognizable ceremonies connected with Buckingham Palace. The correct name of the ceremony known as Changing the Guard is actually Guard Mounting. In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards.

A few interesting facts about the Palace Guards.

The traditional ceremony of the old guard changing with the new.

The standard bearskin hat of the British Foot Guards is 18 inches tall, weighs one and a half pounds and is made from the fur of the Canadian black bear.

In the Guards museum there is a bearskin hat you can try on for size. It also has uniforms and medals on display and a history of the foot guards.

If you would like your picture taken with a Guard, At St James' Palace, walk all the way past the courtyard at the Palace and turn round the corner, you are now in Pall Mall at this spot there is a guard standing all on his own. Simply go and stand next to him and pass your friend the camera.

If you’re confused as to which regiment a palace guard is from simply observe the colour of the plume, and the side on which it is worn on the bearskin. Also note the button spacing, the collar badge and the shoulder badge. When all five regiments parade together, they are in the following order; Grenadier Guards on the right flank, then Scots Guards, Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Coldstream Guards on the left flank.

The Queens Guard

The Guard which mounts at Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (which is responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace), and the St. James’s Palace Detachment, (which guards St. James’s Palace).

These guard duties are normally provided by a battalion of the Household Division and occasionally by other infantry
battalions or other units. When Guardsmen are on duty, the soldiers are drawn from one of the five regiments of Foot
Guards in the British Army: the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.

The Queen’s Guard is commanded by a Captain (who usually holds the rank of Major), and each Detachment is commanded by
a Lieutenant. The Colour of the Battalion providing the Guard is carried by a Second Lieutenant who is known as the Ensign. The handover is also accompanied by a Guards band. The music played ranges from traditional military marches
to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs.

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