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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace (CANCELLED) Free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Read More

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

See the New Guard exchange duty with the Old Guard in the famous Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

What is Changing the Guard?

Changing the Guard is a formal ceremony in which the group of soldiers currently protecting Buckingham Palace are replaced by a new group of soldiers. The ceremony is free to watch.

The guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is made up of soldiers on active duty from the Household Division's Foot Guards. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.

The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms in the palace's forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James's Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.

What time is Changing the Guard?

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace on certain days from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am.

This free London event is very popular, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view.

Is Changing the Guard every day?

Changing the Guard doesn't take place every day – it is usually every other day but is subject to change. Before your visit, make sure to check the ceremony schedule on the Household Division's website for confirmed Changing the Guard times. There is no ceremony on days when large events are held in the city centre.

Changing the Guard also takes place at Windsor Castle on certain days at 11am and the Changing of The Queen's Life Guard usually takes place daily at Horse Guards Parade at 11am (10am on Sundays). Remember to check the Household Division's website for the full schedule of the ceremonies.

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Important information

This event has been cancelled until further notice.

Opening Times

Opening Times

The ceremony usually starts at 10.45am, but be sure to arrive much earlier to secure a good viewing spot.

Visit the Household Division website for the full schedule of dates and timings. There can be last-minute cancellations of the Changing the Guard ceremony, such as in very wet weather.

Venue Details & Map

Buckingham Palace

Address
Buckingham Palace, Westminster
London
SW1A 1AA
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 3123 7321
Email
Website
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk
Public transport:
Tube/Rail: Victoria Tube: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner

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