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.
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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.
At exactly 21:53 every night, 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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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 ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Horse Guards.
Military ceremonial events in London provide a showcase for the pomp and pageantry for which the British are so well known.
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 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.
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.
Check out our events forecast for details of more State Occasions, Royal and military ceremonies happening this year.
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.
Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle takes place at 11:00hrs daily from April to July and on alternate days for the rest of the year.
Learn more about Guard Mount at Windsor Castle.
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, 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, 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 a family home, steeped in history, which is open to visitors.
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
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