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The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is, strictly speaking, called Guard Mounting where the new guard exchanges duty with the old guard. The Guard is provided by the resident regiment of Foot Guards in their full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins, [Info re guards and bearskins here] although in cold or wet weather they may be dressed in their 'great coats' too. The Guards are stationed at Victoria Barracks and march up to and from the Castle accompanied by the Guards Band playing traditional military marches as well as popular songs.

The route is from the barracks, up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, and then turning right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue and into the Castle. A little while later the old guard returns to the barracks with the band following the same route. The Guildhall is a good viewing point being slightly raised, although good views are available throughout the route.