Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

New Guard marching to Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is where immaculately turned out guards, precision drill and bands playing stirring music combine to create one of London's most popular attractions.

Learn more about Changing of the Guard including:

  • The Guard Mount ceremony
  • Where to watch Changing of the Guard
  • Dates & times for Changing of the Guard
  • The regiments who guard The Queen
  • Routes the Guards take and lots more.

Tower of London Guard

Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

At the Tower of London, officially know as Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress, three military ceremonies take place daily.

The Ceremonial Opening takes place at 09:00 when the Duty Yeoman Warder, with a military escort, opens the Middle and Byward Towers.

At 15:00 The Officer of The Guard and escort, march to the Byward Tower to collect the Word, the password for after-hours entry to the Tower of London.

Every night at exactly 21:53 hours, The Chief Yeoman Warder, escorted by one of the Guard, secures the Tower in the ancient custom of the Ceremony of The Keys.

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The Queen's Life Guard

Changing The Queen's Life Guard

Changing The Queen's Life Guard takes place on Horse Guards Parade. The Life Guard mounted on immaculately groomed horses with their swords drawn present a stirring sight on parade.

The Queen's Life Guard change daily at 11:00hrs weekdays and 10:00hrs on a Sunday.

Mounted sentries change every hour, in very cold weather they change every half hour, during the day until 16:00 when a Dismounting Parade, takes place in the forecourt of Horse Guards.

Ceremonial Events

Queen's Birthday Parade being led by the Bands of the Household Division

Military ceremonial events in London provide a showcase for the pomp and pageantry for which the British are so well known.

The Queen's Birthday Parade

The Queens Birthday Parade also known as,(Trooping the Colour),takes place in June.
Learn more about this ceremony, which is the highlight of the ceremonial calendar, and how to apply for tickets for The Queen's Birthday Parade.

Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat is a musical military spectacular which takes place on two evenings in June every year..

Learn more about the ceremony, the history, the massed bands taking part and where to get tickets for Beating Retreat.

State Opening of Parliament

At the State Opening of Parliament The Queen, led by a one hundred strong Guard of Honour travels by horse drawn coach from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening.

Ceremonial Events Calendar

Check out our events forecast for details of more State Occasions, Royal and military ceremonies happening this year.

Windsor Castle Guard

Windsor Castle Guard

Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle provides a colourful spectacle as the Guards, usually led by a Regimental Band, march from Victoria Barracks to the castle.

You will need tickets for Windsor Castle as Changing the Guard takes place inside the castle precincts.

Learn more about the Windsor Castle Guard change ceremony, the dates, times and how to get there.

Royal Palaces

Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial

Many of the Palaces and Castles, open to visitors, have had a place in English history for generations. Here are a few of our favourites.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, is one of the few working royal palaces, remaining in the world today.

Learn more about Buckingham Palace, and when the State Rooms are open to the public.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British Kings and Queen's for over 900 years, is an historic castle.

Learn more about this Royal Palace, The Queen's favourite residence, its history, and when Windsor Castle is open to visitors.

Tower of London

Dark secrets, priceless jewels glinting in fortified vaults and ravens strutting the grounds are all waiting when you take a journey back in time at the Tower of London.

Learn more about the Tower of London

Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ pages have answers to the more common questions we are asked about the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.