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Changing the Queen’s Life Guard, London

One of London’s FREE ceremonial events takes place every day at Horse Guards Parade.

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The King’s Troop royal Horse Artillery provide The Queen’s Life Guard July 2015

Since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660, Life Guards have stood at Horse Guards which is the official entrance to St James and Buckingham Palace. Royal events take place here annually; Trooping the Colour and Beating Retreat in particular.

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Changing the Guard – The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery on duty

These events are like clockwork and you can set your watch to them – at 10:28 on weekdays and 09:28 on Sundays, the New Guard leaves Hyde Park Barracks to ride to Horse Guards Parade via Hyde Park Corner, then Constitution Hill and The Mall where they will perform the guard change ceremony aka Guard Mounting.

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The King’s Troop royal Horse Artillery provide The Queen’s Life Guard July 2015

The ceremony lasts approx half an hour with the mounted sentries changing every hour or every half hour in very cold weather.
The Queen’s Life Guard change daily at 11:00 on weekdays and 10:00 on Sundays.

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The King’s Troop royal Horse Artillery provide The Queen’s Life Guard July 2015

This ceremony; Changing the Queen’s Lifeguard, is not as well known as Changing the Guard that takes place at Buckingham Palace, and as a result you have smaller crowds and no railings, affording you a good view of the proceedings.

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The King’s Troop royal Horse Artillery provide The Queen’s Life Guard July 2015

See the video here: The King’s Troops Royal Horse Artillery
At 16:00 a dismounting ceremony, known as the Four ‘O’ Clock Parade takes place within the Horse Guards building at which time the guards are inspected by an Officer after which the guards take the horses back to their stables for the night.

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on guard at the entrance to Horse Guards from Whitehall – The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

After that, 2 dismounted sentries stand guard at the entrance till 20:00 when the gates to Horse Guards are shut and one sentry then remains on duty till 07:00 at which time the gates will re-open.
The dismounting ceremony known as the Four ‘o’ Clock Parade was started way back in 1894 when Queen Victoria found the entire guard drinking and gambling while they were meant to be on duty. As punishment she instructed that they be inspected every day for the next 100 years at 4pm by an officer. Although that deadline passed in 1994, the reigning Queen of the time, Elizabeth II, wanted the parade to continue as part of the Royal tradition.

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For more information on this event go to http://changing-guard.com/queens-life-guard.html
While you are there, why not Visit The Household Cavalry Museum
http://www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk/

Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk
What to see in the area:
Statues and guns on the parade
St James’s Park
Churchill’s War Rooms
Whitehall and the various military statues and the Cenotaph
Banqueting House
Admiralty Arch

A belated Happy New Year

Hello all!! :) A belated Happy New Year to you all…..I seriously do not know where the days go!!! It’s already the 5th and yet I feel as if I just left the London fireworks.  I keep meaning to do a blog to wish you all the very best for 2015, and yet I get to the end of the day and it’s not done….so without further ado and before we get to 2016… :)

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Happy New Year from London

I wish for you all a wonderful year ahead and enjoy your time in London. There are many events coming up this year, some of which I have already uploaded onto the 3DIL App.  If you haven’t yet downloaded your FREE 3 Days in London App…here are the links!

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888,246 Poppies in the Moat at Tower of London

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’  Poppies in the Moat – Historic Royal Palaces – Tower London

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Tower of London – the moat

From 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ will see the Tower of London’s famous dry moat filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The ceramic poppies will be available to buy for £25 each from 5 August 2014 and the net proceeds, hoped to be in excess of £15 million if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst a group of carefully selected Service charities.

The Legion is been one of the selected charities along with the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

“The significance of the vital work that these charities provide is one we must not forget and is especially poignant as we mark the anniversary of the First World War and remember all those who lived and fought during this time”. General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower.

The installation, in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, will be unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance in the UK, will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary.

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poppies – www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

There will be 888,246 poppies installed, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website for more information. http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/firstworldwar/TheTowerofLondonRemembers

The poppies will be free to view from the outer perimeter of the Tower of London, however there is an entrance fee for visiting.

Tower of London, Tower Hamlets, London, EC3N 4AB
Nearest tube station: Tower Hill – Circle and District lines
Bus routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

Nearest rail stations: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Follow directional signage from either station. Fenchurch Street is approx a 5 minute walk to the Tower, London Bridge 15 minutes.
Plan your journey: http://nationalrail.co.uk
– See more at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/planyourvisit/gettinghere/

The Tower is also served by all major sightseeing bus tours.

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A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th buses on all London routes no longer accept cash.
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Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html
Oyster cards no longer needed
If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travel card or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.

 

To get a refund you can:
Take your Oyster card to a Tube station ticket office
Post your Oyster card to them
Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
08:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday including public holidays

 

Lights Out Britain – August 4th 2014

LIGHTS OUT – The Royal British Legion are encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. – Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered these words on the eve of  Britain officially entered the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later The Royal British Legion are inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

Limited edition Centenary candle – A limited edition Centenary candle is available from M&S stores or online for £4, with all profit going to The Royal British Legion.

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Lights Out candles

They hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars. Please join together with them to create a unique national moment for the United Kingdom and The Royal British Legion. Find out how you can get involved here.

At 10pm on August 4th, Westminster Abbey will be leading the nation with a First World War vigil liturgy which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

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Westminster Abbey, North Apse

They’ve put together some resources to help you organise a commemorative event in your local area. Find out more about how to organise a LIGHTS OUT event here.

LIGHTS OUT is a headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW and was initiated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport; 14-18 NOW is a curated programme of new art works across the UK that forms part of the official commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. Visit www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out/ for more information

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A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th buses on all London routes no longer accept cash.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/cash-free-buses?intcmp=17374

Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
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Oyster cards no longer needed

If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.
To get a refund you can:
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Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
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Great British Carnival

Great British Carnival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
July 27th, 2014 12:00pm – 21:30pm
A celebration of music, dancing and costumes, celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a fantastic event of dance, infectious music, performance and costume that the whole family can enjoy.
Kicking off at 12pm and entertaining throughout the day until 9.30pm, the Carnival will feature a vibrant mix of international carnival artistes, homegrown performers and local carnivals from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest – and it’s completely free!

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Great British Carnival – image from the QEOP site

In homage to Rio’s most famous cultural export, London and UK carnivals are keen to show off what Britain has to offer. The best of UK carnival arts will feature an exciting programme of pop-up parades, mask-making workshops, high-quality live music and performances from young musicians, rappers and poets.
The event will also host the world premiere of The Carnival of the Animals: a magical twilight crescendo of costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and extraordinary illumination.
In the run-up to the event, residents of the Park’s four surrounding boroughs can participate in free music, dance and choreography workshops, learning routines with a view to joining in the pop-up parades on the big day.

Keep checking back for more information and updates on this!
http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2014/6/great-british-carnival-at-the-park

Getting there:
The nearest stations are Stratford station and Stratford International station and both provide step-free access from entrance to platform.
Stratford station is served by:
• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Jubilee and Central line
• National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and c2c
• London Overground services
Stratford International station is served by:
• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Southeastern High Speed 1 services
You can also access the Park via Hackney Wick station which is on the London Overground.
More information is available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

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A note for overseas visitors: From July 6th 2014 buses on all London bus routes no longer accept cash.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/cash-free-buses?intcmp=17374

Please check their website for details of how to buy a ‘Visitors’ Oyster (travel) card.
http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html

Types of refund
Oyster cards no longer needed
If you no longer need your Oyster card they’ll refund any remaining pay as you go credit, the remaining value of any Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket and the deposit, if you paid one.
To get a refund you can:
Take your Oyster card to a Tube station ticket office
Post them your Oyster card
Call Customer Services 0343 222 1234
08:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday including public holidays