After a year and a half of absence, the Changing of the Guard will make its return to Buckingham Palace. The ceremony will honor the British Olympic team.
This is news that will put a smile on Queen Elizabeth II’s face. The Changing of the Guard will make its grand return to Buckingham Palace, for the first time since March 2020. Last year, the ceremony was cancelled due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. During the ceremony, which lasts about 45 minutes, the guards parade to the rhythm of traditional military music. According to information from the Mirror, this year’s event will honor the British Olympic team, who shone at the recent Olympics in Tokyo.
At the highly anticipated Changing of the Guard, the Coldstream Guards will parade to the rhythm of an orchestra that will play “Gold” by Spandau Ballet, the song “Chariots of Fire” that has become an anthem for the country’s Olympics, as well as “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston. Usually, the Changing of the Guard attracts a multitude of tourists and onlookers who make their way to the Royal Palace. Garrison Sergeant Major Andrew Stokes of the Coldstream Guards, who is in charge of the ceremony’s return, confided in the Mirror columns. “It’s been a long time. Bearing in mind that it’s been 18 months since we last held the Changing of the Guard ceremony, there’s been a lot of hard work and preparation to get people up to speed,” he explained.
A special vacation for the Queen of England
For now, the Queen of England is enjoying her traditional summer vacation at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland. While she must cope with the absence of her late husband Prince Philip, the 95-year-old sovereign can count on the presence of her relatives. Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson have joined Queen Elizabeth II at the Scottish estate, as has their daughter Princess Eugenie. A source at Balmoral told The Sun newspaper: “Summer at Balmoral is a special time for the family to get together, take stock, relax and recharge,” reports Vanity Fair.
Only this year, the vacation has a special flavor. “But the first thing [the queen] has to deal with is her 61-year-old son showing up at her door with his ex-wife, hours after learning he’s being sued for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old girl,” the source added, referring to the complaint filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Lurking in Balmoral, Prince Andrew says he is nevertheless “relaxed” about the sexual assault accusations against him.
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