Changing of the Guard
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The men you will see in front of Buckingham Palace (and other locations) are not just ceremonial guards but also serving Soldiers. While upholding the traditions of the past, they also perform duties throughout the world as professional soldiers and are known as some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army.

The Household Division is made up of seven Regiments. These comprise: The Household Cavalry Regiment - The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals; and five Regiments of Foot Guards

The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, The Irish Guards & The Welsh Guards

Most of the time it is soldiers from one of these regiments that will be outside Buckingham Palace, but do not be surprised if on some occasions you do not see the traditional guardsmen, particularly in August when often other regiments guard the Queen.

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