Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Castle Guards

This post is primarily written for the grandchildren.
When we visited Windsor Castle we saw many guards dressed in their smart uniforms. The Guards at Windsor Castle are formed from five infantry regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh regiments - plus two regiments of the Household Cavalry -Life Guards and Blues and Royals. Traditionally the Guards have been protecting the castle and the monarch since 1660.
The Changing of the Guard is usually performed for the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am. Fortunately we visited the castle on a Tuesday so we were able to watch this colourful ceremony.
The military band that played during the ceremony had many different instruments.
Later during the day we were looking through a locked gate at a building when we saw two guards marching towards us. They unlocked the gate. One marched a short distance from us and stopped while the other guard locked the gate again.
Locking the gate took a little time, especially as the guard was wearing his while gloves.
As we were standing very close to the guard we had a good view of his uniform.
The guard locked the gate.
He then joined the other guard and they marched off in unison.
Later in the day we saw another pair of guards marching through the crowds.
As we were leaving the castle grounds we saw a guard standing outside a sentry box.

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