If you have even wanted to see a British Changing of the Guard, you no longer need to hop the pond and present yourself outside Buckingham Palace in London. In the 1770s and earlier, hundreds of British troops were stationed in the young city of Boston to control and put down the early rumblings of the American Revolution. British redcoats were a daily presence in the city as they trained and went about their military functions.
This spring and summer, the Freedom Trail Foundation hosts actors playing British soldiers in uniforms and re-enacting guard duty as if it were 1775. The Changing the Guard will take happen Friday through Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. Redcoats may talk with Freedom Trail visitors and bring the atmosphere of Colonial Boston to the downtown area — on Washington Street, Summer Street, and Winter Street. Come meet the soldiers and learn about their lives. Ask them about old King George! Map.