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Hourly changing of the Presidential Guard

Being a member of the Greek Presidential Guard is a great honour. They are selected from volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army’s Infantry Corps. The Guard has a long military history, but is now a purely ceremonial unit.

Greek Presidential Guard change guard in Athens, in black and white

Presidential Guard in winter uniform, Athens, February 2019

There is a small changing of the guard every hour, consisting of two Guards going out, two coming in, plus a Corporal of the Change. The full changing of the guard takes place on Sunday mornings, with much marching and music, with the whole Guard, its officers and military band all joining in.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 22 May 2020

Posted as part of Weekend B&W

9 replies »

    • Yes, I was really pleased with that shot. They can’t change their expression in any way. And they can’t leave there position for any reason unless commended to do so – that includes fires and bombs, and they have stood on guard through both

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