London is proud of its ceremony and pageant and the displays are probably the finest in the world. These ceremonies are carried out by the Household Division, the 5 Regiments of Foot Guards together with the Household Cavalry, who are the Monarch’s personal Household Troops.
What makes the process even more remarkable is that the soldiers on parade are frontline fighting troops of the British Army, not just a tourist attraction. All those that you will see have fought in conflicts from Afghanistan to the Balkans often with bloody loss of life to their comrades.
We offer an in-depth insight into the ceremony, culture and detail of the Guards over and above that of just watching their impressive presence.
We then visit the Guards Museum which displays the artefacts from centuries past up to the present day. Also on display are some of the Victoria Crosses won by Guardsmen.
Next we watch the ceremony of ‘Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace’. The New Guard forms up on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks and then marches to Buckingham Palace to change guard with the Old Guard and we follow this spectacle.
Lunch follows at the Rubens Hotel, opposite the Royal Mews, to the rear of Buckingham Palace.
After lunch, we visit the building with the fabled address, Number 1, London, the London residence of the Dukes of Wellington. Famously at the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815, Wellington’s Guards Regiments defeated the famed Imperial Guard of Napoleon’s Army, the unbeaten against the unbeatable, which precipitated the route of the French Army under cries of ‘La Garde recule.’
You will spend the day in the company of a Guards Officer who has served in one of the Guards Regiments and who will be able to give you fascinating insight into what you see and what you don’t see!
A tour of this level is not available on the open market.