Royal Family reveal the first post-pandemic Changing of the Guard with a special Paralympic tribute

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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

The Royal Family have announced that the Changing of the Guard ceremony has returned to Buckingham Palace for the first time today (24 August), since March 2020.

The official guards and musicians have returned to the London palace for the first time since before the first lockdown last year.

The Royal Family and Clarence House Instagram accounts both announced the return, sharing clips of the performance.

“The State Ceremonial Musicians of The Band of the Household Division performed while the #ChangingTheGuard ceremony took place on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace!,” explained a caption on the Royal Family’s post.

It added that, “During #ChangingTheGuard, a full Military Band performs a variety of music, ranging from traditional military marches to pop songs and show tunes.”

Today’s date is also significant as the Paralympics kick off in Tokyo and, in hour of the GB team, “The Band of the Coldstream Guards and the Band of the Scots Guard performed a special tribute to our #Tokyo2020 Paralympics with 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet.”

The tribute comes after the Royal Family offered their luck and best wishes to the team for this year’s event.

Royal Patron of the Paralympics team, Prince Edward gave a personal message wishing every success to competitors and said, “we want you to go out there and to achieve your best. Make us proud and inspire the next generation of athletes with a disability."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also extended their own message of support to the athletes today (24 August), with a post of their Instagram story as well as Twitter account.

The pair said they were, “Wishing @ParalympicsGB and all the athletes from around the world the best of luck in this year's #competition,” and they “can’t wait to see the talent and skill displayed over the next two weeks.”

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