Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Guide to Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with practical advice to help you be in the right place at the right time to see more of the ceremony than most visitors.
Immaculately turned out guards, precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine to make Changing of the Guard one of London’s most popular attractions that epitomises the pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous.
Changing the Guard Fast Facts
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where the Old Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace to the New Guard.
Check the calendar for the confirmed dates that Changing the Guard is scheduled to take place
Please check as changes to days / times were made on the 16 January 2017 and schedules are constantly under review
The ceremony begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:00 sharp following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James’s Palace and the New Guard led by a Regimental Band from Wellington Barracks.
The Queen’s Guard is normally provided by one of the five regiments of Foot Guards from the Household Division, instantly recognisable in their bearskin caps and scarlet tunics.
Musical support is provided by a Regimental Band or Corps of Drums with pipers occasionally taking part in the ceremony.
The Guardsmen taking part in the ceremony are highly trained infantry soldiers, who in addition to their combat role undertake ceremonial duties.
Watching the Changing of the Guard is free of charge and no tickets are required.
To get a good spot to watch Changing the Guard we recommend arriving at Buckingham Palace no later than 10:15.