Tours from Home: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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1 hour

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Why take this online tour?

Journey to Buckingham Palace, where a true display of British aristocracy hits the pavement in a ceremony of grand proportions—the Changing of the Guard. Since 1660 soldiers from two cavalry and five infantry have been in charge of protecting the Monarch. It is time to understand why this event is so beloved around Westminster.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Engage with a leading London Blue Badge guide who will breakdown the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  • Created with Sketch.Learn the secrets of the aristocracy, the variation of uniforms, and all the hidden meanings behind the Household Division.
  • Created with Sketch.Listen as the guide reveals the Monarch’s long-standing rites and rituals.
  • Created with Sketch.Join in conversation with others from around the world and ask the experts questions.
  • Created with Sketch.Connect to this live experience from the comfort of your own home.
  • Created with Sketch.With every online tour booking, receive a $25 voucher for any Walks tour, valid for 2 years.

Get a glimpse behind the gates of Buckingham Palace

Prior to the daily sensation of Harry and Meghan, and even before Wills and Kate caused a stir, the chatter surrounding the British Monarchy has been focused on the triumphal exchange between the Queen’s Guard and the New Guard, otherwise known as the Changing of the Guard. Since 1660, soldiers from two cavalry and five infantry have been in charge of protecting the Monarch.

This online tour experience is fit for a Royal, bringing the famed pomp and circumstance from the grand palaces of Buckingham and St James to your home. During this live experience, our official Blue Badge guide will break down the historic parade, delivering all the fascinating details of the ceremony that is one par...

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Prior to the daily sensation of Harry and Meghan, and even before Wills and Kate caused a stir, the chatter surrounding the British Monarchy has been focused on the triumphal exchange between the Queen’s Guard and the New Guard, otherwise known as the Changing of the Guard. Since 1660, soldiers from two cavalry and five infantry have been in charge of protecting the Monarch.

This online tour experience is fit for a Royal, bringing the famed pomp and circumstance from the grand palaces of Buckingham and St James to your home. During this live experience, our official Blue Badge guide will break down the historic parade, delivering all the fascinating details of the ceremony that is one part military, one part aristocracy, and all parts British.

As cymbals crash and drum beats echo through The Mall, the familiar sea of red tunics approach while a bevy of black bearskin caps begin to bob your way - the feeling from the sidelines has become overwhelmingly English.

Over the course of an hour, our expert guide will showcase the various regiments that participate, and decode those uniforms - we definitely will be talking about the uniforms. Your guide will also explain why an army would go into battle wearing such a bright hue.

Engage in conversation, pose questions, and experience this live tour from the comfort of your home - a perfect experience for those who have yet to visit London, for travelers longing to go back, or history buffs eager to learn some overlooked secrets of the British Monarchy.

In addition, for every online tour booking, you'll receive a $25 Walks voucher valid for use over the next two years!

Expressing gratitude to your guide through gratuities has never been easier — now featuring an online tipping portal!

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If the tour or date you are interested in is not available, please email toursfromhome@takewalks.com to inquire about Private Tour pricing.

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Loved it! Emily has such a warm and welcoming personality - I could have listened forever. Learned a lot about the guards and the Queen. Bravo!

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