Changing the Guard | Ceremonies / Worldwide

Changing the Guard ceremonies take place at many important institutions around the world.

Essentially the handing over of responsibility from the old guard to the new guard these ceremonies are often elaborate and precisely choreographed displays of military drill.


Arlington, USA

Changing the Guard at 'The Tomb Of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington USA.

The guard is changed every hour, on the hour, 1st October to 31st March.

An additional guard change takes place on the half hour from 1st April 1 to the 31st September.

Inspecting the Honour Guard at The Tomb Of The Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery

Ottawa Canada

Changing the Guard takes place on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa every morning from late June through late August.

In scarlet tunics and bearskin caps the ceremonial guards present a colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry and music.

The ceremony starts at 09:45 on the East lawn of the Parliament building.

guards at Parliament Hill Canada

Prague, Czech

Changing the Guard at Prague Castle takes place at 12:00hrs daily.

This is the formal handover carried out with a fanfare and banner exchange.

The guards at the gates of the castle are changed every hour from 07:00.

Changing the Guard at Prague Castle

Santaigo, Chile

Changing Guard takes place on the plaza in front of La Moneda Palace, in Santiago, Chile

The ceremony, at La Moneda Palace, is held on either odd or even dates dependant on the time of year.

Changing the Guard at La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile

Copenhagen, Denmark

Changing the Guard at Amalienborg Palace, takes place daily at 12:00hrs.

The Danish Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace where the ceremony takes place.

Changing the Guard at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen,

Athens, Greece

Changing of the Guard ceremonies take place at the Presidential Mansion and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.

The Changing the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in particular has become a popular tourist attraction.

Evezones on guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

New Delhi, India

Changing the Guard ceremonies take place in India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi and at the at the Wagah border between India and Pakistan.

Changing the Guard in New Delhi, India

Wagah, India

very day at dusk, Indian and Pakistani border guards put on a show of one upmanship at the Wagah border crossing.

The ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side

Changing Guard at Wagah, the border between India and Pakistan


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