Buckingham Palace is the residence of the British Royal Family in London. It is not only purely residential, it is also used for official state occasions. For many tourists it is a highlight of their trip to London.
Since 1990 parts of the official premises are open to the public. Initially, this was to make some money for repairing Windsor Castle after a disastrous fire. But even today, every year in August and September, the Westwing of the Palace can be visited.
The Royal Family does not own the Palace. It is the property of the British State. Between April and July, daily at 11.30 the Change of Guards takes place. This takes about 45 minutes.
We came a little unprepared, which rarely ever happens with us. On our way to Buckingham Palace, we were surprised about the masses of people that were swarming towards it. We managed to get a good spot near the street leading up to the Palace and observed the Change of Guards from there. A true spectacle to see the Guards marching up and down to the music. This is an event not to be missed.
This little video clip happened spontaneously and only shows a short first impression of the scene.