London, England – Royal Seating (HDR)

Seats HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

In London at certain times (check the schedule before your visit) you can catch the “Changing of the Guard”.  I was in London in the summer and they were preparing for this change the next day.  I had to leave that next day, so I could not witness it, but I imagine it is full of pomp and circumstance!  I walked down the parade route from Buckingham’s Palace to Trafalgar’s Square…it was lined with British flags and barriers for the crowds.   Near Trafalgar is a seating area for the honored guests and these are the seats in which they sit and enjoy the festivities.

I set up my tripod and took 5 exposures with my cable release.  All seats were red, I sometimes enjoy selective coloring and thought stadium style seating is perfect for this!   I highlighted a seat and post processed in Silver Efex Pro for the black and white conversion.   Not sure how much these seats cost…but I’m sure a pretty pound!

Here is some info from the web:   The Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at around 11am. The St. James’ Palace detachment of the Queen’s Guard, led usually by the Corps of Drums, and bearing the Colour (if the Queen is in residence, then this will be the Queen’s Colour; if she is not, then it is the Regimental Colour), marches along the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where the Buckingham Palace detachment has formed up to await their arrival. These two detachments are the Old Guard. Meanwhile the New Guard is forming up and are awaiting inspection by the Adjutant on the parade square at Wellington Barracks. The Band, having been inspected by the Adjutant, forms a circle to play music whilst the New Guard is inspected. The Guard provides a full Military Band consisting of no fewer than 35 musicians (usually, though not always, from one of the Guards regiments) accompanied by their Director of Music. When the New Guard is formed up, led by the Band, it marches across into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Once there, the New Guard advances towards the Old Guard in slow time and halts. The Old Guard presents arms, followed by the New Guard presenting arms. The Captains of the Guards march towards each other for the handing over of the Palace keys. The new reliefs are marched to the guardrooms of Buckingham Palace and St James’ Palace where new sentries are posted.

During any given month, as many as five different units can be assigned to the Queen’s Guard. The guard is changed daily at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle from April to July. From August to March, the guard is changed at both sites on alternate days. Further information on up to date schedules and much more on the ceremony is available from

Have a royal day!