British soldiers in their iconic red uniform and bearskin hats paraded outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as the Changing of the Guard ceremony resumed after an 18-month hiatus.
Soldiers had maintained sentry duty outside royal residences during the pandemic but the ceremony, which is popular with tourists, was abandoned at the start of Britain’s lockdown.
Hundreds of spectators lined the gates outside the palace to watch its long awaited return. The military band played tunes saluting British success at the Tokyo Olympics, including the theme from “Chariots of Fire” and Spandau Ballet’s “Gold.”
Now it’s back, visitors can enjoy the ceremony every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting from around 10:30am.
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