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"Changing of the Guard" is the sixty-first episode of the Disney Channel animated series, Elena of Avalor. It premiered on October 23, 2019 and is the twelfth episode in the third season.

Plot

One day, Elena arrives at the harbor to see Gabe. Gabe informs her that Avalor has a pirate problem. Elena notes that they've attacked three ships in one month. Gabe promises her it will be the last but that he must expand the Royal Guard as he needs more men. Elena gives him leave to do so and promises to find a new partner for fencing practice. Elena spars with Armando. A seamstress named Antonia Bello shows up. After noting she has some skill with a sword, Elena asks Antonia to be her sparring partner. Antonia displays impressive skill with a sword. Elena asks her of she ever considered becoming a Royal Guard. Antonia sadly replies she has but can't as women aren't allowed to be Guards. Elena says that that's not true. Antonia replies by asking why there are only men in the Royal Guard. Unsure, Elena asks her grandparents why. Francisco states that the Royal Guard is just for men which he tries to justify by making a sexist speech. Elena and Luisa says it's for everyone. Elena informs Antonia she can sign up and Antonia asks where. 

At the harbor, recruits are signing up for Royal Guard training, two of which are an arrogant recruit named Rocco Villalobos and his dimwitted brother Nacho. Elena arrives and presents Antonia as a recruit. Contrary to Elena's expectations, Gabe doesn't mind that she's a girl who wants to join the Royal Guard as her father was Rodrigo Bello, an excellent solider. For the first challenge, they have to get through an obstacle course. Antonia has trouble but Elena encourages her not to give up. The next day, Antonia kicks Rocco's butt during fencing and outstrips him in the jungle course. Furious, Rocco deliberately lies to the others to trick them into leaving her behind. This causes everyone to fail. Knowing they left her behind, Antonia is prepared to call it quits.

The next day, Elena convinces Antonia to not quit and they head off to join the other recruits. This is fortunate as they are being attacked by pirates. Antonia saves everyone with her impressive skills. Gabe tells Rocco and Nacho they aren't cut out to be Royal Guards as Antonia and the other recruits are welcomed into the Royal Guard.

Songs

  • You Must Persist

Cast

Trivia

  • Moral: Gender and lineage don't matter as much as talent, knowledge, and skill do.
  • This episode is similar to the Sofia the First episode "Just One of the Princes", where Sofia strove to be the first princess on Royal Prep's flying derby team.
  • Interestingly, the fact there are no female Royal Guards was hinted at in "To Save a Sunbird", as it is what gave Carla away when she tried to disguise herself as one.

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Media
Elena of AvalorElena and the Secret of AvalorVideographySoundtrackOriginal SoundtrackBooks
Characters
Princess ElenaPrincess IsabelMigs, Luna, and SkylarFranciscoLuisaChancellor EstebanNaomi TurnerMateoGabeZuzoArmandoDaniel TurnerDoña PalomaHigginsProfessor MendozaPrince AlonsoShurikiAlacazarKing Raul and Queen LuciaKing ToshiCharocaRafaFieroKing Juan RamónYacalliKing HectorKing JoaquínKing LarsKing RajaCarmen and JulioDoña AngelicaOrizabaCristinaCielaRico VillalobosRoberto NúñezBlanca NúñezPrincess CaterinaNicoChief ZephyrAviónTroyoSeñorita MarisolQuiqueAmaraLord ElrodSir CassiusScarlett TurnerVictor DelgadoCarla DelgadoCacahuateBoboOliviaKing VeragoMarimondaQuita MozAntonio AgamaPrincess ValentinaMingo, Zoom, and EstrellaDulceCruzVestiaProfessor OchoaZuni, Maya, and LomoLama, Hool, and QapaTomikoJavierPrincess MarisaPrince MarzelCucoKing PescoroQueen CamilaDuke CristóbalSalosoAsh DelgadoQueen AbigailTornadoFloSanzaChatanaPili

Sofia the First: Princess SofiaKing Roland IIQueen MirandaPrincess AmberPrince JamesFloraGwen

Episodes
Season One: "First Day of Rule" • "Model Sister" • "All Heated Up" • "Island of Youth" • "Spellbound" • "Prince Too Charming" • "Finders Leapers" • "Royal Retreat" • "A Day to Remember" • "The Scepter of Light" • "Navidad" • "Olaball" • "Flight of the Jaquins" • "Crystal in the Rough" • "The Princess Knight" • "Captain Turner Returns" • "King of the Carnaval" • "My Fair Naomi" • "Spirit Monkey Business" • "Wizard-in-Training" • "Realm of the Jaquins" • "The Gecko's Tale" • "Party of a Lifetime" • "Blockheads" • "Masks of Magic"

Season Two: "The Jewel of Maru" • "Royal Rivalry" • "The Curse of El Guapo" • "Three Jaquins and a Princess" • "A Spy in the Palace" • "Science Unfair" • "Rise of the Sorceress" • "Shapeshifters" • "The Scepter of Night" • "The Race for the Realm" • "A Tale of Two Scepters" • "Class Act" • "All Kingdoms Fair" • "A Lava Story" • "Song of the Sirenas" • "The Tides of Change" • "The Return of El Capitán" • "Finding Zuzo" • "Snow Place Like Home" • "Two Left Fins" • "Movin' On Up" • "Not Without My Magic" • "Luna's Big Leap" • "Naomi Knows Best"
Season Three: "Sister of Invention" • "To Save a Sunbird" • "Father-in-Chief" • "The Incredible Shrinking Royals" • "Norberg Peace Prize" • "The Magic Within" • "Flower of Light" • "Captain Mateo" • "Sugar Rush" • "The Family Treasure" • "Dreamcatcher" • "Changing of the Guard" • "King Skylar" • "Spirit of a Wizard" • "Team Isa" • "The Last Laugh" • "Festival of Lights"

Songs
Theme SongReady to RuleSister TimeBlow My TopAvaloran LullabyAvalor Birthday SongThe Magic Within YouFeel Free to Have FunSomething SpecialTo Be In My ClubFestival of LoveThe Gift of NightThe Great UnknownThe Spirit of AvalorMy TimeThe Way We Do NavidadLet Love Light the WayPlay It Your WayThe Bros Are BackFix AnythingSteppin' UpHome for GoodSomething I Would Never DoThe Bright Light of the BallYour Spirit GuideCast A Spell With MeGot It DownA Big DealYou Can't Catch MeForeverIt's Up To UsBest for Our GuestsMake Them ProudA Little Bit MoreThe Captain of the GuardI Am Grown Up EnoughDon't Look NowHand in HandThis New DayThe Right Thing To DoWisest Wizard in the WorldIf You Just Keep Moving OnOnly One Will RemainWelcome to the FutureArmandoFallin' Like a RockFamilia ForeverA New TaleOur ChanceThe Art of the StealThe Legend of Los TresTop Banana KingHome for NavidadHearts Full of CheerThe Most Royal ManNever Get AwayMore Than Your MagicGive Me A ShotSpeakThe One and Only
Locations
AvalorSatuFountain of YouthCordobaEnchanciaSecret LibraryRoyal Preparatory AcademyMaruEverRealmSpirit WorldVallestrellaOphidan IslandTakaina
Objects
Amulet of AvalorScepter of LightCodex MaruEye of MidnightBehind the WallsShuriki's WandCoza KexScepter of Night
See Also
Sofia the FirstJaquinsNoblinsChanul
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