Colorful and symbolic Changing of the Guard ceremonies
Where to see the most elaborate ceremonial guard duties
The Changing of the Guard is a formal ceremony during which one set of soldiers or other officials guarding a government building, state residence, or major memorial replaces another on duty. The highly symbolic ceremonies are often elaborate and precisely choreographed, and can involve multiple members of a battalion or regiment in a rousing exhibition of military pomp and pageantry. Or they can be far more solemn and simple but no less meticulous routines requiring as little as three individuals to carry out the exchange. Either spectacle is worth catching, and being present at a Changing of the Guard ceremony is to witness a traditional spectacle that has its origins in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
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