On Saturday 19 October 2019, international students from the Intermediate Command and Staff College Land Reserve, ICSC (LR) course 2-19 spent the day in London, hosted by their UK counterparts.
The visit enabled overseas students to attend a high profile ceremonial event, visit iconic landmarks around the city and gain a better understanding of the culture.
The day began with a photograph opportunity at 10 Downing Street where the group of 23 students consisting of seven UK, 11 US Army National Guard, two Ukrainian, one Jordanian and two Sri Lankan Officers walked along the famous street.
The students then visited the Horse Guards ceremonial parade ground in St James's Park and walked along the Mall to Buckingham Palace. No trip to London is complete without ‘riding the tubes’ of the world famous London Underground. The group then met for dinner and rounded off the day with the spectacle of the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. Set amidst the mighty battlements of this ancient historic fortress, the Ceremony of the Keys is one of the oldest surviving enactments of its kind. Although the monarch may no longer reside at the Tower, the Crown Jewels and many other invaluable objects still do, therefore its importance is still relevant today.