Changing the Guard | Dates & Times / Buckingham Palace

Confirmed dates and times for Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace - August & September Dates.

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The confirmed dates for Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in August 2014 are:

August 2014

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is on Odd Dates:

1st - 3rd - 5th - 7th - 9th - 11th - 13th - 15th - 17th - 19th - 21st
23rd - 25th - 27th - 29th - 31st

Exceptions:

  • Saturday 9th August Guard Mount at 08:00 without music or ceremony
    Due to ride London cycling event.

Times for Changing of the Guard

  • 11:15 - Guards, with band, start to arrive at Buckingham Palace
  • 11:30 - Official start time for Changing of the Guard
  • 12:00 - Changing of the Guard ceremony ends
The confirmed dates for Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in September 2014 are:

September 2014

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is on Even Dates:

2nd - 4th - 6th - 8th - 10th - 12th - 14th -16th - 18th - 20th - 22nd
24th - 26th - 28th - 30th September

Exceptions:

  • No exceptions notified at this time

Times for Changing of the Guard

  • 11:15 - Guards, with band, start to arrive at Buckingham Palace
  • 11:30 - Official start time for Changing of the Guard
  • 12:00 - Changing of the Guard ceremony ends

Queen's Life Guard & Queens Guard Duties

Details of the regiments and bands on duty, this month as the Queen's Life Guard and Queen's Guard are on the Duties London page.

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Learn more about the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, where to stand, where to get the best pictures and the routes the guards take as they march to and from Buckingham Palace.

Wet Weather Cancellations

Changing the Guard does not take place on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in very wet weather.

Any decision to cancel Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, due to wet weather, is made by the Captain of the Guard at the last minute.

This means we cannot update our web site in time to help people who are en-route or have already arrived at Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

When Are The Dates For Changing The Guard Confirmed?

The confirmed dates for Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace are released by the British Army in the latter part of the preceding month. For example the August schedule would be released towards the end of July.