Changing of the Guard

I had no set plans one morning and decided to observe the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. It was a cold, drizzling day and while I thought I had a good vantage point, the majority of the action actually happened behind me and I couldn't see for all the heads in the crowd. Having said that, I did capture a few great pictures and got to befriend a horse named "Rasputin". It was also incredibly amusing to watch the London bobbies repeatedly, and with increasing annoyance, attempting to control the crowd of tourists.   

Also - I'm not sure what was happening during this moment but the James Bond soundtrack certainly added to the atmosphere: 

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 Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

 Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

 Rasputin patrols the crowds at his third Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

Rasputin patrols the crowds at his third Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London (©Deborah Clague)

 Selfie with Rasputin (©Deborah Clague)

Selfie with Rasputin (©Deborah Clague)

 Swans in St. James Park, London (©Deborah Clague)

Swans in St. James Park, London (©Deborah Clague)

 Pink pelicans in St. James Park, London (©Deborah Clague)

Pink pelicans in St. James Park, London (©Deborah Clague)