on July 9, 2004
One of the things in London I wanted to see was the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. It is held daily at 11 am except on very rainy days it will be canceled. The best spot to see everything is to stand in front of the palace on the center statue area up the few steps. I suggest getting there 45 min early if you want to take pictures. There is a band that plays for the crowd as they march by and then head to the palace. After the gates are open they march inside and do a ritual and change the 2 or 4 guards that are in their little box all day. There are 4 guards if the queen is in town or just 2 if she is away. Their outfits were awesome to see. After the changing of guards we walked to the side of the palace and went to a museum that housed all the horse drawn carriages the queen uses and the horses that pull them. Definitely Buckingham Palace and the changing of guards is a must see if time permits.
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