My mom and I were unintentionally (believe it or not) in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. It was an amazing event to be in England for, but it did have its limitations. Buckingham Palace was completely blocked off, so we never got a good look at it. To make up for that, my mom and I got to see other things that other people don’t normally see in London, including the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace.

Queen's Guard Marching

Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace

After my mom and I found out that Buckingham Palace was completely blocked off, we decided to stop for a traditional English breakfast at a nearby restaurant. After we were finished, we walked back outside and noticed that people had lined up on the street. We figured something cool must be happening, so we decided to check it out.

Not long after we posted up, we saw the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. I figured this was a pretty rare occasion, so I grabbed my cell phone and started to get video of them. My mom and I had seen the Queen’s Guard and other troops rehearsing earlier in the day for what I assumed to be a special event for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. When I posted the video of the Queen’s Guard marching on YouTube, I was corrected and told that the Queen’s Guard was marching back from a rehearsal of the annual Trooping the Colour (the Queen’s birthday parade). Either way — it was really cool to see, especially being so close.

King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

The troops featured in the video are technically members of the Foot Guard Regiments. I’m told that the term “Queen’s Guard” actually refers to the troops who are guarding the London royal residences on any particular date. My mom and I actually got to see the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery (a different regiment of the Household Troops) march through London on the same day. We just always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. It was a really unique experience, and one that I’ll never forget.

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