We want to see the Guard Horses either walking or parading I am assuming on the way to the actual Changing of the Guard? I have found this thread below and hope those instructions will work for us? Don't need to see the actual person changing section, more interested in seeing the horses dressed up and going by. What is the best way to do this? We can see them on Wednesday, 31 July or if not hopefully Saturday 2 August.
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4. Re: Best Vantages to See Changing of the Guards
09 April 2012, 23:51
We've always had good luck with this position. Stand diagonally across from the palace on Spur Road on the St. James side, with your back to St. James Park and the Victoria Memorial to your right. Stand closer to Birdcage Walk than The Mall. The guards form up at the Wellington Barracks along Birdcage Walk and march down Spur Road, where they turn into the palace forecourt. If you stand here behind the low railings, you have a perfect view of them marching along. Most people try to get up on the memorial or right at the BP gates, where you can't really see much.
After the guards enter the forecourt, I would recommend turning and walking down The Mall toward Trafalgar Square. As you do this, you will see the new contingent of Horse Guards riding toward the palace, and the contingent from St. James Palace marching to the ceremony. Seeing the guards come to the palace is the best thing about the ceremony for me. Once they enter the forecourt, unless you are right up there you don't see much.
Also, since everyone is trying to get up by the forecourt, it's easier to get a good spot on Spur Road than by the gates.
You don't say when you will be there. Be sure to check the schedule since in some months the change only takes place on certain days--even or odd. If it is really bucketing down with rain they don't do the ceremony.