Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Europe Adventure: Day Fourteen, part two- The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

We knew we had to go to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. 
So after walking around, we hopped back on the tube and took it to the nearest station to the Palace. 
We were pretty early. 
I knew we needed to be if we wanted to be up at the gate. 
There were quite a few people there already by the main doors but we were still able to get front row just down from them. 
We staked out our spot and then looked around. 

We stood at the gate for two hours! And it was freezing cold. 
But luckily every once in a while there would be little mini changes to keep us entertained. 
I was really glad we were there though because it soon started to get really crowded and even with having a spot right up against the gate, people still tried to push in past you and put their cameras in front of you. 

A bit before the main event some groups started coming in through another gate and going over to the side for the best viewing spot. One group looked like young, maybe later high school or college aged guys. One group were some older Asian men. They came in with my favorites. There were these three guys dressed so cool with their canes. They looked like they just stepped out of Downton Abbey. 

Then it began!

We had to turn around to watch the next group coming in!

This guy's uniform was super shiny...

Yes, we were freezing. Yes, our feet were sore from standing in one place for so long. But this was amazing. It was so cool to see it in person. And it was totally worth it to have such a good front row spot. 
Here are some of the videos I took:

Up next: Westminster Cathedral


The Kings said...

Oh how much fun to re-live the Changing of the Guard!! Cheryl, it was such an amazing experience to be there and to be there with YOU! I loved it...and am so glad we got there when we did so we could have a front row seat!!

cheryl said...

It really was. Definitely worth the wait and cold!