Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Changing of Guards @ The Istana - WW
Every first Sunday evening of the month, a Changing of Guards Ceremony is held at the entrance of the Istana Building along Orchard Road. The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore
A platoon of 20 guards from Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command would perform duties in the Istana for one month before another unit takes over. The take-over by a new unit is signified by the Changing of Guards Ceremony .
The in-coming Guards march from 268 Orchard Road to meet the out-going Guards at the main entrance of the Istana.
The format of the Ceremony is based on the British Changing of Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, England. Thirty-six Guards and two Guard Commanders are involved in the Ceremony. The Guards are specially selected and trained for their turnout, bearing and drill.
The Changing of the Guards Ceremony is then carried out at the entrance of the Istana with military bands in attendance.
Included in the ceremony is a Rifle Precision Drill Performance. It was my first time watching this performance and I was awed by the flawless execution of these fine young men.
Many tourists and residents stopped to watch this ceremony. I met several locals with their families in tow came to know about this ceremony through the media. Armed with food, video recording equipment and cameras, they had come early to find a good spot. I'm going to bring my young nephews and have a picnic too. :)
The public is welcome to witness the ceremony.
Changing of Guards @ The Istana
Every first Sunday of the month, 6 pm