Windsor Castle Scales Back Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard has been a tradition since the 17th century.

— -- The changing of the guard, a time-honored tradition since the 17th century, has been scaled back at Windsor Castle.

The changing of the guard, a highlight for visitors to London, typically includes a regimental band as the guards march in a path from Victoria barracks and into the castle. The tradition, which as recently as this summer could be seen every other day, is now on a set schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"Security measures have been increased in relation to the changing the guard in Windsor," a Thames Valley Police spokesperson told ABC News. "These measures have been put in place as part of a review in order to reassure and increase the safety of the public and military while the events take place."

“The number of officers at the events has been increased along with reinforced road closures," Thames Valley Police said in a statement. "The increased presence in police officers follows the review of our support to the Guard Change and is not directly linked to any increase in threat."

Police are said to be implementing the change for a period of three months and then will review activities during the summer period, when guard changes take place more frequently.