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Crowds line up outside Buckingham Palace to watch the old guard change into the new. Photos

 Replacing the new guard with the old, or what is known as the changing of the guard, is a tradition that takes place in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Palace and the cavalry guard procession, and today the guard changed to Buckingham Palace for the first time since the beginning of the Corona virus epidemic.

The change of guard was accompanied by an entire military band playing, and Queen Elizabeth II was not present for the ceremony because she is currently at Balmoral Palace in Scotland.

The Coldstream Guards military band sang music in honor of Britain's achievements in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the ceremony was watched by many observers.

The event sees the Queen's Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace to the New Guard, usually with soldiers in crimson jackets and bearskin hats parading with a military band through central London.

The military parade, one of London's most time-honoured traditions, was halted about 18 months ago to avoid attracting huge crowds of tourists during the lockdown.

Ceremonial functions will now continue at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the Tower of London on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Garrison's Sergeant Major Andrew Stokes of Coldstream Guards, who was responsible for the return of the ceremony, said: "It's been a long time, considering it's been 18 months since we last had a ceremonial Changing of the Guard (at Buckingham Palace), there's been a lot going on. It's hard work and preparation to get people up to the standard."


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