Changing the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace

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Changing the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (From Monday 23rd August 2021)

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.

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'sFoot 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.

  • 10.43am Old Guard leaves St James's Palace
  • 10.57am New Guard leaves Wellington Barracks
  • 11.00am Official Start Time
  • 11.10am St James's Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
  • 11.25am Relieved sentries leave St James's Palace
  • 11.40am Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace
  • 11.45am St James's Palace Guard leaves Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard doesn't take place everyday - it is usually on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday - However it can be 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.