The world famous changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace in London, England, was delayed on Sunday when the Royal House Cavalry forgot that British Summer Time was starting and had not reset their clocks.
This event that takes place everyday, except Christmas Day, regularly sees large crowds gathering to watch the guardsmen and horses parade back and forth in front of the Queen's London residence. However, on this occasion, tourists from around the world had gathered on Pall Mall with no sign of any activity. It was a full forty-five minutes before anybody at the guards house realised that the restless crowds on the street had arrived on time, and it was them that were out of time.
"It was very embarrassing," admitted Sergeant At Arms, Brian Box. "we were still getting dressed when somebody realised that the clocks had gone forward, and we were an hour behind."
"It's disgraceful," said a visitor from Sweden, who had got up early to see this spectacle. "You would think that an institution as world renowned as this would check when British Summer time had started."
Brian Box had an excuse though. "To be fair," he said, "look at the weather, would you call this British Summer time?"
With snow forecast for April, he has a point.