Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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

Changing the Guard, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45mins. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace's forecourt from 10.30am and are joined by the St James's Palace Old Guard at 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.

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 the traditional red tunics and famous bearskin hats.

The ceremony is free to watch and takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays, weather permitting. There is no ceremony on days when large events are held in the city centre.

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

See Changing the Guard accompanied by a professional guide.

Included Free with many of our London Tours is the opportunity to see Changing the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, or maybe a Free Changing the Guard Walking Tour with Free - Royal London & Changing the Guard Walking Tour

Check the Household Division website for the full schedule of the ceremonies.