25.05.2018

Solemn Relay and Changing of Royal Guard Ceremony

With the arrival of good weather, we recommend you to enjoy the Solemn Relay and the Changing the Guard ceremony, two of the oldest official acts in Europe organized by the Royal Guard at the Royal Palace.

Behind the gates of Plaza de la Armería of the Royal Palace, the first Wednesday of each month a tiered area is enabled so that passers-by can enjoy the Solemn Relay. At 12:00 p.m. The Music Unit is in charge of starting this act with the chords of El Almirante, Doña Francisquita and España Cañí. The fifes and drums accompany their passage while the incoming guard, with the weapon on the shoulder, waits for the salient.

This is how spearmen and halberdiers, rifle companies, military officers in charge of artillery pieces and ammunition piles parade for almost an hour. In total, 400 people and 100 horses that stage the relay as it was done in the time of the kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII, with the uniforms of that time.

This show finds its perfect complement the other Wednesdays and Saturdays of the year with the Changing the Guard ceremony, at 11:00 a.m. as long as the official acts or the climatology allow it, at the Prince’s door. On this occasion, the palace sentinels – two on foot and two on horseback – dressed in gala uniforms similar to those used by the Spanish army in the time of Alfonso XIII, perform a relay every 30 minutes until 2:00 p.m., accompanied by a fife and a drum that perform military marches, following the orders and regulatory voices.

Take advantage of this spring and summer in Madrid to enjoy these official acts in the image of the Relay and Change of Guard that was done daily in the days of Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII.