Unfortunately, the queen herself was not in attendance. She’s currently enjoying her summer vacation at her Scottish estate, Balmoral.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony marks the moment when the soldiers currently on duty, the Old Guard, exchange places with the New Guard. The troops have guarded the sovereign and the royal palaces since the 1960s.
The queen’s guards have continued their sentry duties privately throughout the pandemic. However, all ceremonial and musical duties at Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace and Windsor Castle were put on hold to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As we mentioned above, the queen resumed the tradition at Windsor Castle last month, so it’s only a matter of time before we see the guards marching again at St. James’s Palace. The official IG account of the royal family shared images from the event.