Watch Buckingham Palace Guard Playing Star Trek Medley

The Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace in London are famous for their elaborate ‘changing of the guard’ and their unflappable demeanor, but did you also know they have a band? The band accompanies the changing of the guard and often plays popular music, and one day last week they did a medley of Star Trek themes, check out video below.


Queen’s Guard Go To The Final Frontier

According to YouTube user ScanBark, this video was shot last week while visting Buckingham Palace to view the changing of the guard.

Playing popular music is actually not unusual. According to the official site for the Royal Family, "The handover is accompanied by a Guards band. The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs."

Playing sci-fi themes is nothing new for the palace guard band. Here is video from 2008 where they play a meddly of John Williams music from Superman The Movie and Star Wars. (via whatthefk on YouTube)


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March 19, 2010 12:59 pm

Amazing. If I’df known about that in advance I might have bunked off work and gone down there.

Buzz Cagney
March 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Star Trek- By Royal Appointment!

March 19, 2010 1:07 pm

Brilliant! Rule Britania!!

Great Britain

March 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Love it! Does Trek rule Britannia or what?!!

March 19, 2010 1:32 pm

awesome trek lives!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 19, 2010 1:50 pm

This is the most awesome thing I’ve seen all week. Thanks for posting this, I had a great laugh.

Dr. Cheis
March 19, 2010 2:02 pm

I’m not sure why Mr. Chuckles with the camera keeps laughing. I’d think after the first two minutes the shock of “they’re playing Star Trek” would no longer be funny and he’d just enjoy the scene.

March 19, 2010 2:07 pm

The Queen.

Bill Peters
March 19, 2010 2:23 pm

So Cool!

March 19, 2010 2:23 pm

@7: Extremely happy? Extremely nervous? Who knows…

In any case, nice of him to record it.


March 19, 2010 2:59 pm


March 19, 2010 3:03 pm

Given the themes, and the order they’re in (TOS, DS9, Generations, VOY, TMP), it seems likely they’re playing the suite ‘Star Trek through the years’, which also does those themes in that order.

More info here:

(The orchestral version also includes ‘The Inner Light’, but I guess that’s hard to do with a brass band.)

March 19, 2010 3:06 pm

We need a little more pomp and circumstance over here in the States. We used to, but it’s all been lost in the political noise in the years.

I guess that’s the one redeeming quality of maintaining royalty.

I wonder how America would have evolved had we still kept George Washington and the other founders propped up as figurehead royalty though they didn’t want to be actual royalty? Would more public and active ancestors of our founding fathers have helped keep us in check over the years? Or would it have made things worse?

An interesting thought…

March 19, 2010 4:33 pm

The chuckling is really annoying.

March 19, 2010 4:33 pm

Woah, that was really cool!!!

Jim Nightshade
March 19, 2010 4:54 pm

Loved hearing them play the themes….especially Voyagers theme-now thats an Emmy Award Winning theme-It was all AWESOME–except for the chuckling…guess he had to do or he would look like a nerd huh haah

Sarah S
March 19, 2010 5:40 pm

The video: Bravo, bravo!!! It’s heartwarming to be reminded how appreciation for Star Trek spans beyond our borders here in the US. Very cool, indeed.

March 19, 2010 6:23 pm

Good arrangement. I know from experience it’s hard to play outside and in tune, with good balance. Nice job.

March 19, 2010 6:26 pm

Kinda sad that it seems like everyone’s forgotten Godsmith’s Trek theme. It’ll always be what I consider to be Star Trek’s theme. Of course I’m not much of a TOS person and grew up on TNG.

March 19, 2010 6:27 pm

would someone please slap that chuckler in the head and tell him to stfu lol some folks just don’t have manners when a movie, play, theatre/music is being played, imagine this guy at a golf game…sorta like beevis and butthead live attending a star trek musical

John Gill
March 19, 2010 6:31 pm

That chuckling and giggling is annoying, THE MUSIC IS GREAT!

March 19, 2010 6:36 pm

Too bad the audio wasn’t a little better. That was great. “I’m sorry, Will” but TOS A. Courage theme IS Star Trek, though I put Goldsmith’s a quick 2nd. We lost a great, great composer when he passed on. Face it, though, Star Trek has had some great music and still HAS great music!

March 19, 2010 7:03 pm

Good show, wot!

March 19, 2010 7:27 pm

They played Star Trek music….
Hah Huh Huhh Ha Huh
They’re so dumb for playing Star Trek music
Uhh Huhhh Huhhh Haa Ummm Ha ha

this message has been brought to you in living color by some chucklers

March 19, 2010 7:37 pm

It should be pointed out, Will, that Goldsmith’s ST theme came directly from Star Trek: the Motion Picture. Which was the continuing voyages of the original characters when the Next Generation wasn’t even being considered. The TOS theme has been more recognized globally for a considerably longer time, too. Besides, TOS theme has lyrics, TNG theme doesn’t.

March 19, 2010 8:09 pm

This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen!

Go Star Trek!

March 19, 2010 9:42 pm

Good Show!!

Chancellor Jake
March 19, 2010 10:49 pm

That was Wonderful. Makes me want to visit the UK even more.

I cheered when the DS9 theme started playing.

March 19, 2010 11:49 pm


March 20, 2010 1:10 am

I’m serieously speechles. That… In my “Neighbourhood”… Amazing!

Your Father's Star Trek
March 20, 2010 3:08 am

I love it!

March 20, 2010 3:40 am

“Come cheer up, my lads, ’tis to glory we steer…” – Picard

March 20, 2010 3:52 am

You should here them play the Thunderbirds theme, and Imperial March!

Tim Lockhart
March 20, 2010 4:24 am

Ha! Thats absolutley amazing! Shame the guy filming it clearly found good music hilarious…..

March 20, 2010 4:51 am

Awesome!!! Thanks so much.

March 20, 2010 6:11 am

From a distance they look like the Scotts Guard (no plumage) but it’s not really good enough quality to be able to tell…they’re all Queen’s Guard though!

Bet you regrett the War of Independance now :P

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
March 20, 2010 6:21 am

Hey. Trek Does have a bit of Royalty in it. We do have Sir Patrick Stewart now. Long Live Star Trek and God Save the Queen and long live the Terren Empire!!!.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
March 20, 2010 6:34 am

Oh that Chuckler needs some time in the Agoniser Booth. Loved the Music as always.

March 20, 2010 7:51 am

AMAZING!!! God save Star Trek, and God save the Queen!!!

March 20, 2010 10:08 am

Isn’t Star Trek appearing in unexpected places awesome? :D

Buzz Cagney
March 20, 2010 11:36 am

#37 Having bestowed on one’s noble person a knighthood doth not maketh a man of royal blood. Not even a man so bold and brave as Sir Patrick!

It may help him when booking restaurant tickets though. ;-)

Captain Rickover
March 20, 2010 12:00 pm

Hurray! The DSN-Theme made it into the medley!

God save the queen!

March 20, 2010 12:06 pm

That’s really a well arranged medley- I wish someone would do a professional recording of that arrangement.

March 20, 2010 12:14 pm

Was great to hear the DS9 theme. One of the best openings I think

Rocket Scientist
March 20, 2010 1:14 pm

The chuckling isn’t that bad. Come on people–he’s not trying for a cinematography award–he’sjust taking a home movie of something cool he stumbled upon. Then he was kind enough to post it for others to enjoy. Some people are so intent on capturing a moment that they forget to experience it. I’m glad for him that he was able to do both.

Amine Hechehouche
March 20, 2010 3:36 pm

This is a video that brings joy to me. Thanks for the upload.

C.S. Lewis
March 20, 2010 8:12 pm

Tis beautiful to hear those loverly, 1960s notes, played by a real wind band, it is.

C.S. Lewis
TDY Chicago

David Tester
March 20, 2010 8:15 pm

Well, When the Queen approves, I suppose it sets in stone the Legacy of our Great Trek, All it’s Characters, their personalities and last but not least, a NOD toward us the FANS, that will NEVER stop looking for that final frontier!

C.S. Lewis
March 20, 2010 8:25 pm

13. Eli – March 19, 2010

Eli, many of our Founding Fathers were royalty, or at least aristocratic nobility. Even your humble correspondent boasts blood that was, two hundred years past during our glorious war for independence, quite blue. Indeed, it sprang from the line of Charlemagne himself.

But your point is well taken. The common culture that presents itself as “American” is little more than the global peasantry on holiday with a government issued debit card, drawn on the account of those same republican-minded aristocrats of ’76.

Father in heaven, have mercy on them that squandered such an inheritance.

C.S. Lewis

March 21, 2010 4:20 am

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