This ceremony is symbolic of the formal handing over of responsibility from one guard to another at the Presidential Palace in Valletta. The Armed Forces of Malta will be holding the Changing of the Palace Guard Ceremony at St. George's Square, Valletta on this date at 1030hrs. The Guard led by the AFM Band will initiate the ceremony from Republic Street in vicinity of Palazzo Ferreria and proceed towards St George's Square through Republic Street.
An interesting event dating back to the rule of the Order of St John, when the Grand Master’s personal guards were stationed in the buildings surrounding what was then known as Piazza De La Guardia. During the British Empire, the square became a parade ground that housed a garrison to guard the British governor - known as the Main Guard.