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Great Cities

Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Standing in the sun with hundreds (maybe thousands) of other tourists, we watched the pomp and circumstance that epitomizes the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.  But there were some humorous parts as well - like the three soldiers inside the fenced courtyard that spent about fifteen minutes marching back and forth from the fence to the exterior wall of the palace - for no apparent reason.

Mostly, to me it seemed to be a long, drawn out affair - overly done just for the sake of the tourists.  I much preferred the simplicity of the changing of the guard ceremony at Prague Castle in the Czech Republic...