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Changing the Guard ceremony starts June 28!


201006221015262Governor General Michaëlle Jean inspects the Ceremonial GuardToday on Parliament Hill, Governor General Michaëlle Jean inspected the men and women who are members of the Ceremonial Guard.

The Ceremonial Guard performs the Changing the Guard ceremony on the lawn of Parliament Hill each morning at 10:00am between June 28 and August 28, 2010. Best of all, it’s free!

They members of the Guard, including the “new” guard, the “old” guard and the band, march up Elgin Street to Wellington Street, then onto Parliament Hill each morning in a colourful parade. The ritual, modelled on the ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, has played itself out for over 50 years in Canada’s capital.

Members of the Ceremonial Guard can also be found at Rideau Hall, the home and workplace of the Governor General, located just east of downtown on 79 acres of land. There, they perform a much smaller ceremony at the front gates on Sussex Drive, every hour on the hour between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (June 28-August 28).

TIP: Look carefully at the bearskin hats of the Guards to know what regiment they belong to; those in the Governor General’s Foot Guards wear red plumes while those in the Canadian Grenadier Guards wear white plumes.


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