Changing of the Guard - Navy Style - Mick Storrs

It only took 357 years, but Royal Navy sailors have for the first time performed the tradition-laden Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace in central London.

Thousands of tourists gathered outside the palace gates in crisp wintry weather on Sunday as 86 sailors from 45 ships performed the familiar ritual, typically carried out by regiments of the Army's Household Division.

Warrant Officer 1st Class Eddie Wearing said he was daunted but excited by the chance to take part in the ceremony, which dates back to 1660.