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Encyclopedia > Guard Mounting

Guard Mounting, or the Changing of the Guard, refers to a formal ceremony in which sentries providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries. The ceremonies are often elaborate and precisely choreographed. Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London. ... Sentry may refer to: A sentry is a guard at a gate or other point of passage. ...

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United Kingdom

See the article Queen's Guard

Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St Jamess Palace The Queens Guard and Queens Life Guard are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. ...

Canada

Canadian Grenadiers marching during CG.

The changing of the guard ceremony conducted in Canada is performed daily during the summer months at Rideau Hall and Parliament Hill in Ottawa by the combined Ceremonial Unit made up of the two Canadian regiments of Foot Guards. Image File history File links Ceremonial_Guard. ... Image File history File links Ceremonial_Guard. ... Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, and is the place of residence of the Monarch of Canada when visiting Ottawa. ... Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario Parliament Hill (French Colline du Parlement), The Hill to locals, is a scenic location on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Location of the City of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Established 1850 as Town of Bytown Incorporated 1855 as City of Ottawa Amalgamated January 1, 2001 Government  - Mayor Larry OBrien  - City Council Ottawa City Council  - MPs List... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ...

Further information: Ceremonial Guard

The Ceremonial Guard is an ad hoc military unit in the Canadian Forces with elements drawn from two Primary Reserve (militia) regiments of Foot Guards: The Governor Generals Foot Guards from Ottawa and the Canadian Grenadier Guards from Montreal. ...

Denmark

Changing of the guard ceremony in Copenhagen

At Amalienborg Palace, the royal residence in Copenhagen, the Royal Guard, mounted by the Kongelige Livgarde is on duty for 24 hours, and the relief takes place every day at 12 o'clock noon. The parade starts off from the barracks by Rosenborg Castle. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1365 pixel, file size: 721 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Changing of the Guard, Copenhagen. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1365 pixel, file size: 721 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Changing of the Guard, Copenhagen. ... Amalienborg seen from the Copenhagen Operahouse. ... Copenhagen (IPA: or ; Danish: IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city. ... The Royal Danish Life Guards Den Kongelige Livgarde (Royal Life Guards) is an infantry regiment of the Royal Danish Army, formed in 1658. ... Rosenborg castle is a small castle situated in the centre of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. ...


There are three types of guard changes:

  • Kongevagt (King's Watch) - when the monarch is in residence - accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.
  • Løjtnantsvagt (Lieutenant Watch) - when Prince Henrik is residing at the palace or Crown Prince Frederik or Prince Joachim are residing at Amalienborg in the capacity of regents - accompanied by flutes and drums.
  • Palævagt (Manor Watch) - the Crown Prince or Prince Joachim are in residence but not in the capacity of regents or the Palace is uninhabited - the Guards march through Copenhagen without music accompaniment.

Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (né Count1 Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat, b. ... Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (born Frederik André Henrik Christian on 26 May 1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is the eldest son of Queen Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Consort Henrik. ... Prince Joachim of Denmark (Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian), born 7 June 1969, is the younger son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. ...

Greece

Changing the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Athens
Changing the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Athens

In the state capital, Athens, members of the elite Evzones light infantry unit, provide a 24-hour honor guard, with an hourly guard change, at the Presidential Mansion and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, off Syntagma Square at the foot of the Hellenic Parliament. The changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in particular has become a tourist attraction, with many people marvelling at the guards, who stand motionless for their entire shifts. Every Sunday at 11:00 a ceremonial change of guards takes place. A parade of Evzones and a military band starts from the camp of the Evzones (just behind the Parliament Building) and through Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, reaches the Tomb of the Unknown soldier where a ceremonial change of guards takes place. On this occasion all the three official uniforms of the Evzones can be seen. For the needs of the ceremonial change of guard, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue and Amalias Avenue are briefly closed to traffic from approximately 10:55 to 11:05 on Sunday mornings. Image File history File links Evzone. ... Image File history File links Evzone. ... Athens is the largest and the capital city of Greece, located in the Attica periphery. ... Greek Evzone soldiers marching in formation Evzones changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Greek Evzones changing guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier Evzones in Athens gaurding the grave of the Unknown Soldier. ... Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, USA, May 1943 Throughout history, many soldiers have died in numerous wars without their remains being identified. ... Syntagma Square (Πλατεία Συντάγματος, Constitution Square), is located in central Athens, Greece. ... The Hellenic Parliament (Greek: Βουλή των Ελλήνων; transliterated Vouli ton Ellinon; literally Council of the Greeks) is the parliament of Greece, located in Syntagma Square in Athens. ... Vassilissis Sofias Avenue or Vasilissis Sofias Avenue (Greek: Λεωφόρος Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας Leoforos Vassilissis Sofias) is a major avenue in the east side of Athens, the Greek capital. ...

Further information: Evzones

Greek Evzone soldiers marching in formation Evzones changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Greek Evzones changing guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier Evzones in Athens gaurding the grave of the Unknown Soldier. ...

India

A ceremonial change of guard is held at the President of India's official place of residence The Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Changing of Guard is generally held every Saturday at 6am. The old and new guard consists of a troop from the President's Body Guard (PBG) and another platoon from one of the numerous regiments of the Indian Army. A military band also would be present as an accompaniment. The President of India is the head of state and first citizen of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian armed forces. ... Immediately in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Jaipur Column, topped by a star. ... The Presidents Bodyguard is a regiment of the Indian Army. ...


When the New Guard is formed up between the Dominion columns of North Block sentries are nominated and the respective guards are inspected by their officers as the band plays 'Sammaan Guard' (The Honour Guard). Men of the President's Bodyguard consists of the old warrior classes of the Rajputs, Sikhs and the Jats. Recruitment standards are strict and the minimum height is six feet. Situated on Raisina Hill, New Delhi, India Secretariat Building is a set of two buildings on the opposite side of Rajpath that are home to many important Ministries of the Government of India. ...


After the inspection is over, a formal march commences with the band playing "Sher-E-Jawan" (Tiger of a soldier), into the Forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The New Guard forms up along with the Old Guard and awaits the formal salutation of "Salami Shastra" (Present Arms) by the latter to the former to formally salute it and signify readiness for change over. Accompanied by the tune "Robinson" handing over of key takes place the Junior Commissioned Officer of the Old and New Guard patrol, symbolizing responsibility of commanders during changeover. Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) is a term describing a group of military ranks found in the Indian Army and Pakistan Army. ...


Sentries of the Old Guard rejoin and the Junior Commissioned Officers return to their posts. The Old Guard marches off to the tune "Saare Jahan Se Achcha" (Better than any nation). Compliments are paid by the New Guard which assumes charge and the balance of the New Guard marches off along with band playing "Amar Jawan" (Immortal Soldier). Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) is a term describing a group of military ranks found in the Indian Army and Pakistan Army. ... // Saare Jahan Se Achchha (Urdu: سارے جہاں سے اچھا) is one of the enduring patriotic poems of the Urdu language. ...


Norway

Changing the Guard, at The Royal Palace, Oslo

In the state capitol, Oslo, His Majesty the King's Guard keeps The Royal Palace and the Royal Family guarded for 24 hours a day. Every day at 1330 hrs, there is a Change of Guards outside the Palace, and the ceremony itself, which consists of two parts, lasts for approximately 40 minutes. Otherwise, the guards work in shift of two hours. The Guards are also stationed at Akershus Fortress, where the Change of Guards also happens at 1330 hrs. They are also guarding the residence of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and their own camp, Gardeleiren, outside Oslo. The two latter duties are considered "green watches", where the guards wear battle uniform, an olive and green uniform featuring a short jacket, shirt and tie and the guard's unique forage cap. The famous parade uniform dating from 1860, which consists of a wide brimmed hat with black plume, dark blue tunic and trousers with white stripes, is worn on the more prestigious palace and fortress watches. Usually, during the summertime, there are Guard Parades, where the New Guard marches from Akershus Fortress accompanied by a band, through Oslo's parade street, Karl Johan’s Gate. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1145x646, 139 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1145x646, 139 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... County District Østlandet Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG) (lit. ... The Royal Palace in Oslo from the front The Royal Palace in Oslo from the park The Royal Palace in Oslo was built in the first half of the 18th century as the Norwegian residence of Swedish-Norwegian king Charles III (Charles XIV of Sweden) and is used as the... Akershus Castle Akershus Fortress (Norwegian: Akershus Festning) is the old castle built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. ... Huseby Leir is the base of Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG) (lit. ... County District Østlandet Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... Akershus Castle Akershus Fortress (Norwegian: Akershus Festning) is the old castle built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. ...


His Majesty the King's Guard is organized as a battalion, with a Lieutenant Colonel as chief. The battalion has 6 companies. Each company consists of approximately 200 guards, and has its own field of specialization. Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG) (lit. ...

  • The 1st Company is a rifle company.
  • The 2nd Company is an escort company.
  • The 3rd Company is a music and drill company only, and does actually not guard anything, due to the many arrangements and long training periods they have to attend.
  • The 4th Company is a MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) company which means that they train on combat inside houses and in closed spaces.
  • The 5th Company is a staff and support company which has many important duties, such as transport and medical service inside the guard’s camp.
  • The 6th Company is the Guards recruit school.

His Majesty the King's Guard consists of people who are serving their compulsory military service, but also women who volunteer to join the Guards. The Guards are one of the Norwegian Army's best trained units; this means they operate with the normal "green" service, where they train for worst case scenarios.


Portugal

The National Republican Guard (GNR) does a changing of guards ceremony at the Belém Palace, official residence of the portuguese president, on the third Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. The ceremony includes a show by the horse-mounted musicians of GNR's "Charanga a Cavalo", which claims to be the only band in the world performing in gallop. The Republican National Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana or GNR in Portuguese) is a Portuguese security organization of the Gendarmerie type, whose soldiers, unlike the officers of the PSP - Polícia de Segurança Pública (Public Safety Police), are subject to military law and organization. ... The Palácio de Belém (Bethlehem Palace) is the official residence of President of Portugal. ... Categories: Lists of office-holders | Portugal | Presidents of Portugal ... Horse gaits are the different ways in which a horse can move, either naturally or as a result of specialized training by humans. ...


Singapore

A member of the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command executing his precision drill routine at the Changing of the Guards parade outside the Istana, Singapore.
A member of the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command executing his precision drill routine at the Changing of the Guards parade outside the Istana, Singapore.

In Singapore, the ceremony is performed at the main entrance of the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore. Held on the first Sunday of each month, the ceremony begins just behind The Heeren, a shopping mall at Orchard Road, where military policemen from the Precision Drill Unit (PDU) of the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (SAFMPC) leads the contingent of new guards (also from the SAFMPC) in a march down the road towards the Istana, with the SAF military band following behind. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1148x1728, 271 KB) Summary Description: A military police of the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit exercuting his routine at the Change of Guard parade outside the Istana, Singapore. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1148x1728, 271 KB) Summary Description: A military police of the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit exercuting his routine at the Change of Guard parade outside the Istana, Singapore. ... SAFMPC providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000. ... The Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ... The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Orchard Road is lit up elaborately nearer the end of every year for the Christmas festive season. ... The MP Command providing security coverage at the Padang in Singapore during the National Day Parade in 2000. ... SAFMPC providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000. ...


Upon arrival at the gates of the Istana, the actual change of guard ceremony takes place, after which the PDU performs their precision drill routines with the accompaniment of music provided by the band. The old guard then marches off together with the band to Handy Road, where the entire procedure ends.


The COG was first performed by men from the Singapore Armed Forces Guards Unit, before having the responsibility handed over to the SAFMPC on 4 May 1980. The Silent Precision Drill Squad was added to the ceremony in 1987. is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


The monthly COG begins at 6pm.


Sweden

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Republic of China (Taiwan)

In the Republic of China (Taiwan), the change of guard ceremony is conducted at three locations in Taipei, namely the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall (Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall), the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the National Martyrs' Shrine, where the ceremonial guards are rotated by the hour during the opening hours of the three memorials. Anthem National Anthem of the Republic of China Capital (and largest city) Taipei1 Official languages Standard Mandarin (GuóyÇ”), Taiwanese, Aborigine Government Semi-presidential system  -  President Chen Shui-bian  -  Vice President Annette Lu  -  Premier Chang Chun-hsiung Establishment Xinhai Revolution   -  Independence declared October 10, 1911   -  Republic established January 1, 1912... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Republic of China Region Northern Taiwan City seat Xinyi District (信義區) Government  - Mayor Hau Lung-bin (KMT)1 E9 Area  - City 271. ... The exterior of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. ...


South Korea

In South Korea, re-enactments of Guard changing ceremonies are held daily except on Tuesdays, at Deoksugung palace. It is a re-enactment of a traditional Guard changing ceremony, which was observed during the Joseon dynasty. Deoksugung (Deoksu Palace) is a walled compound of palaces that was inhabited by various Korean royalty until the Japanese occupation near the turn of the 20th century. ... Joseon or Chosun (Korean: 조선; Hanja: 朝鮮; Revised: Joseon; McCune-Reischauer: Chosŏn; Chinese: Cháoxiǎn; Japanese: Chōsen) is a name for Korea, as used in the following cases: As part of the name of several ancient kingdoms (including Gojoseon, Gija Joseon, and Wiman Joseon); During most of the Joseon...


United States

The Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

A permanent guard is mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, near Washington, DC. This is performed by a single member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, who marches along a 63 foot walkway in exactly 21 paces, before turning to face the tomb for exactly 21 seconds, turning to face the opposite direction for another 21 seconds, and then retracing his steps to repeat the process. Each turn the guard makes is precise and is instantly followed by a loud click of the heels as he snaps them together. The guard is changed every half hour during daylight in the summer, and every hour during daylight in the winter and every two hours at night (when the cemetery is closed to the public), regardless of weather conditions. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (2591 × 1721 pixel, file size: 691 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (2591 × 1721 pixel, file size: 691 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute... Arlington Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Robert E. Lees home. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknowns, May 1943 The Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, although it has never been officially named) is a monument in Arlington National Cemetery, United States dedicated to the American soldiers who have died without... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a unit of the United States Army which serves as Escort to the President or Presidential Guard. ...


A guard has been on duty at the site continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937.


External links

  • The British Monarchy's page on the subject
  • British schedule of regiments and dates
  • Changing of the Guard in Ottawa
  • Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery
  • Changing of the Guards at Rashtrapati Bhavan, India

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Guard Mounting, or the Changing of the Guard, refers to a formal ceremony in which sentries providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries.
Guards are present 24 hours a day and work in shifts; the ceremony entails the new shift marching to take the place of the old shift, accompanied by a Guards band, which plays any music from traditional marching tunes to familiar pop songs.
A permanent guard is mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC.
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