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

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

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 got 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, but I never expected to see them so close. When I posted my video of the Queen’s Guard marching on YouTube, I was told the Queen’s Guard was actually marching back from a rehearsal of the annual Trooping the Colour (the Queen’s birthday parade).

The troops featured in the video are technically members of the Foot Guard Regiments. I’m told that the term “Queen’s Guard” refers to the actual troops who guard the London royal residences. My mom and I also got to see the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery march 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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