In the wake of continuing terrorist attacks, changes have once more been made to the ceremonial Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Between August and March, the spectacular military procession which delights sightseers in London had been taking place on alternate days, this will now switch to regular days on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and at an earlier time 11:00 am.
There have been concerns since the lorry attacks in Nice and Berlin, and the Metropolitan Police have stepped up the security of the parade. Certain roads around the Palace are closed for the duration of the parade, and additional barriers are situated to protect the soldiers. Armed police are also evident during the parade, and no doubt there are also covert resources which are available if required.
Buckingham Palace is one of three Royal residences that has a “Changing of the Guard”, the others being St James’s Palace and Windsor Castle, no information has been given about changes at the other locations. I could be assumed though the situation is being closely monitored.
Since 2013, the ceremonial guards have all come from the Brigade of Guards (Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Welsh Guards and Irish Guards). Coming from either Wellington Barracks next to Buckingham Palace or Victoria Barracks in Windsor. In addition to these, there is also a battalion of line infantry stationed at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich who are available for ceremonial duties.
The threat of international terrorism is currently deemed as “severe” in the United Kingdom, with several volatile areas around the globe which seem to be ever changing as the weeks go on. Though we have been lucky that an attack has not succeeded on British soil for some time, it only needs one small lapse in concentration. We can be justifiably proud of our security services, but we can all help them by being ever vigilant.