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Wellington Barracks, London

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The Foot Guards battalions on public duties in London are located in barracks conveniently close to Buckingham Palace for them to be able to reach the palace very quickly in an emergency. In central London, three companies are based at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, about three hundred yards from Buckingham Palace between Birdcage Walk and Petty France. Wellington Barracks is also home to all of the Foot Guards bands and all of the regimental headquarters.HistoryWellington Barracks were designed by Sir Francis Smith and Philip Hardwick and opened in 1833. The Guards Chapel was rebuilt in the 1960s after the original chapel was destroyed by a bomb in World War II. On 31 August 2007, Diana, Princess of Wales' two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, organised a memorial service in the chapel, marking the 10th anniversary of their mother's death. The Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards currently have a company based at the barracks.
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  • If you are going to watch the changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace on your own, you would be passing by the Birdcage walk before arriving at the Wellington Barracks. We were there about 1030hrs...  more »
  • There's absolutely nothing to see here, unless you manage to catch the guards after the changing of the guards ceremony.  more »
  • Wellington Barracks, are the starting point of the Royal Guard to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. From the Avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, you can see how to prepare the soldiers dressed in red and black and accompany them on their journey, once entered the outdoor gardens of the Palace, to the right there is a raised platform that provides a good view of the entrance and exit of the soldiers and their horses. The changing of the guard from another perspective, for my more interesting which be cramped waiting at the gates of the Palace is...
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  • I used to live in this barracks and I am left in shame at the state if it now. It really needs a good clean and paint over or it will start to fall down.
  • Great tour guide, very informative. The excibition is lovely and clourful.
  • Horses were so fresh
  • Breakfast is cheap. Armed forces only. Great place to start watching changing of the guard from, especially when the RAF are on guard!
  • Not much to see unless the guards are out parading. Then it can get very busy.

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