Jai Ho’ music to open UK

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Heavy downpours on Monday washed out the planned ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony to A R Rahman’s ‘Jai Ho’ music in Buckingham Palace to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards were due to play Indian themed music during the traditional ceremony to mark the start of the event. The ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony could not take place at the Palace and instead the band was moved to the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks nearby to perform the music about an hour later.

“It is like the Monsoon today. We moved the band to the chapel especially for this occasion,” said an official, after it was confirmed that the palace guards will be moving to what is referred to as a ‘Wet Mount’.

The Wet Mount takes place in the event that the ceremonial elements of the ‘Changing of the Guard’ have to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, on average about twice a year.

Heavy downpours on Monday washed out the planned ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony to A R Rahman’s ‘Jai Ho’ music in Buckingham Palace to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards were due to play Indian themed music during the traditional ceremony to mark the start of the event. The ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony could not take place at the Palace and instead the band was moved to the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks nearby to perform the music about an hour later.

“It is like the Monsoon today. We moved the band to the chapel especially for this occasion,” said an official, after it was confirmed that the palace guards will be moving to what is referred to as a ‘Wet Mount’.

The Wet Mount takes place in the event that the ceremonial elements of the ‘Changing of the Guard’ have to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, on average about twice a year.