Changing of the Guard is the ceremony where the Old Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard.
Immaculately turned out guards, precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine to make Changing of the Guard one of London's most popular attractions that epitomises the pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous.
When the Royal Standard is flying, from the roof of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen is in residence and the 'Queen's Guard' will consist of 3 officers and 40 men otherwise if will comprise of 3 officers and 31 men.
There are five regiments of Foot Guards in the Household Division, the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards ,the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards, who normally provide the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace.
The Foot Guard Regiment, have two roles in the British Army. First and foremost they are elite infantry soldiers who carry out operational duties worldwide. Secondly the Foot Guards train as ceremonial troops who are trained to be involved in any state or royal ceremonial tasks.
At first sight the scarlet uniforms and bearskin hats of the troops you see Changing the guard at Buckingham Place may appear the same. But, there subtle differences that let you distinguish the different Foot Guard Regiment.