Buckingham Palace Guard Ceremony Returns After COVID Hiatus

LONDON (AP) -
Members of the public watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, which is taking place for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

British soldiers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats paraded outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as the Changing of the Guard ceremony resumed after a pandemic-induced 18-month gap.

The tourist-pleasing spectacle was halted in March 2020 as Britain went into lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

On Monday, soldiers from the Coldstream Guards marched from their London barracks to the home of Queen Elizabeth II to mount the guard, as scores of spectators watched and took photos.

Soldiers have maintained sentry duty outside royal residences during the pandemic, but the ceremonial changeover was not held.