Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade

If you’re thinking these grounds look ideal for, say, a beach volleyball competition, you won’t be surprised when the Olympic event takes place right here this summer.

The Horse Guards Parade hosts various ceremonies throughout the year, including Trooping the Colour (monarch’s birthday) and Beating Retreat (a military ceremony). Back in Henry VIII’s day, it even hosted jousting matches.

The location marked the entrance to the Royal Palaces. It is still guarded by the Queen’s Household Cavalry and Changing of the Guard takes place here every morning.

The ground and its buildings were constructed in 1745.

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