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Memorable Sunday Church Service

Wellington Barracks

London

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First reviewed by Henry

  1. “Having lived in London as a little boy I have a sense of nostalgia for the Guards Chapel, part of the Wellington Barracks, on Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace. It is the chapel that the soldiers who guard the Queen go to church, and the services (usually 11am on Sundays) are open to the public. The chapel was destroyed in an air raid on London in WWII while church service was being performed, killing 126 people. The only part of the chapel left standing was the apse where the altar stands, and somehow the candles never went out despite the explosion! Rebuilt after the war, the chapel contains a memorial to those who died as well as to the soldiers who have lost their lives in various military campaigns going back centuries. The tattered banners of regiments line the chapel walls marking various battles, and the Guards' military band plays hymnal music along with the organ. You have never really sung in church until you've done so accompanied by brass and kettle drums! If you bring your children with you, it will probably be the only time they never squirm as they will be awed by the military decor and the sound of the band.After church is out, and as a reward for your children, you can walk across the courtyard and visit the Guards' Museum Store, which has an amazing collection of toy soldiers for sale, as well as other military souvenirs and paraphenalia.”

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  2. “Having lived in London as a little boy I have a sense of nostalgia for the Guards Chapel, part of the Wellington Barracks, on Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace. It is the chapel that the soldiers who guard the Queen go to church, and the services (usually 11am on Sundays) are open to the public. The chapel was destroyed in an air raid on London in WWII while church service was being performed, killing 126 people. The only part of the chapel left standing was the apse where the altar stands, and somehow the candles never went out despite the explosion! Rebuilt after the war, the chapel contains a memorial to those who died as well as to the soldiers who have lost their lives in various military campaigns going back centuries. The tattered banners of regiments line the chapel walls marking various battles, and the Guards' military band plays hymnal music along with the organ. You have never really sung in church until you've done so accompanied by brass and kettle drums! If you bring your children with you, it will probably be the only time they never squirm as they will be awed by the military decor and the sound of the band.After church is out, and as a reward for your children, you can walk across the courtyard and visit the Guards' Museum Store, which has an amazing collection of toy soldiers for sale, as well as other military souvenirs and paraphenalia.”

    Henry

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