The Changing Of The Guard is a daily tradition from late June to late August on Parliament Hill, with the Ceremonial Guard going through a military ceremony on the lawn before Centre Block each morning starting at ten. Much of the troop march up towards the Hill from Cartier Square, escorted by Ottawa Police motorbikes who stop traffic ahead of their route. I photographed them one day as they were coming up alongside the National War Memorial, past the National Arts Centre. These servicemen and women are regular and reservist soldiers from across the Canadian Armed Forces who spend the summer doing this before returning to their usual duties the rest of the year.
Turning left on Wellington where the street crosses Plaza Bridge, the Guard pass by the Chateau Laurier.
And from there it's on to their rendezvous on the Hill with the other members of the Guard for a ceremony that takes about a half hour. The rest of the day, the Guard spend doing smaller scale changing of the guard ceremonies at Rideau Hall.
I'm guessing that the pomp and ceremony is popular with tourists. It's quite a fascinating spectacle.ReplyDelete
I've seen it in person before. A serious spectacle.ReplyDelete
Nice snaps. We have it outside the castle in Stockholm. Very popular with tourists from around the world.ReplyDelete
...such a regal sight.ReplyDelete
That band looks very Bristish with the Bearskin hats.ReplyDelete
Seems like you have been attending a lot of events lately. This was a good one!ReplyDelete
What a neat and regal sight. Great for tourism, as Kay has mentioned.ReplyDelete
Magnifica esta formação e desfile.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
@Kay: the tourists really go for it.ReplyDelete
@Halcyon: I have also taken it in before.
@Stefan: it is a good tradition.
@Tom: it is!
@Marianne: it does come from that tradition.
@Jo: I agree.
@Francisco: thank you.
Hello, the guards remind me of my visit to London. Great series of photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!ReplyDelete
I like their red coats! My sister stayed at the Chateau Laurier a few months ago when she was in Ottawa.ReplyDelete
At least these aren't "monsters" stalking the streets. Oh, wait! They're "redcoats" aren't they. :-)ReplyDelete
This makes for a fine summer tradition & spectacle for tourists & locals alike.ReplyDelete
It looks just like it does in London.ReplyDelete
The red coats stand out so well!ReplyDelete
Love the way they all march with perfect precision! They look so smart William, such a pleasure to see here!ReplyDelete
And let us not forget the brave Canadian soldier who was killed doing ceremonial duty a couple of years back. Corporal Nathan CirilloReplyDelete
I was part of a color guard when in the Navy. For a while. There were only 5 or 6 of us. I think I lost a bet. It was in Minnesota in the winter and was no fun at all! I'd like to see these folks marching around, tho. I see some drums and what I thought were French horns and wonder what kind of music they play as they march along?ReplyDelete
This is such a large group! Must be wonderful to see and hear them pass.ReplyDelete
Great sky shot with puffy clouds and lovely ceremonial pics of the 'changing of the guard' ~ thanks, ^_^ReplyDelete
(A ShutterBug Explores) ~ Happy Weekend to you.
@Shammickite: it is.ReplyDelete
@Eileen: it does go back to that tradition.
@Lois: it's a great hotel- a favourite photo subject for me.
@Revrunner: yes, but they're our redcoats!
@Christine: it really does.
@Sharon: some of the same rituals to it.
@RedPat: they do indeed.
@Grace: they've got it down to perfection.
@Cloudia: they march past the east side of the Memorial, and there is a plaque positioned there in his memory, facing the Memorial itself.
@Lowell: most of what they play is march music, what you'd expect out of military bands.
@Marleen: it's fun to be able to watch it.
@Carol: you're welcome!
What an incredible sight to see.ReplyDelete
It,s an impressive ceremony.ReplyDelete
Such a lovely tradition and the photos and buildings look great. Greetings to you.ReplyDelete
Great photos William! That old building is amazing.ReplyDelete
It's really nice that these old traditions are still alive.
Quite showy, but I guess I'm too much of a backwater country person to really find any signifigance in that. In fact, all my mind can think of is, why? Yes, I know it is your tradition.ReplyDelete
Great photos here, William! And I love the clouds, too!ReplyDelete
So nice to see, and their red uniforms look so smart.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
@Norma: it was.ReplyDelete
@Bill: I agree.
@Red: it certainly is.
@Blogoratti: thank you!
@Pat: I agree with that.
@Mari: it works for us.
@Linda: thank you.
@Jan: I agree!
Looks like it's a great show.ReplyDelete