Changing The Guard | Queen's Life Guard / Dates & Times

Dates and times and information for Changing The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Dates For Changing The Queen's Life Guard.

The Queens Life Guard is scheduled to mount: Daily in January 2017

Timings for the Ceremony: 11:00 Monday - Saturday and at 10:00 on Sundays.

The ceremony, Changing The Queen's Life Guard, lasts about 30 minutes.

Mounted sentries change every hour from 10:00 until 16:00.

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4 'O' Clock Parade

A Dismounting Ceremony, also known as the "4 'O' Clock Parade" takes place at 16:00 when dismounted sentries are posted and the horses returned to their stables.

Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade, is a large parade ground off Whitehall in central London. (getting to Horse Guards)

As well as being the venue for changing The Queen's Life Guard it is also the location for Trooping the Colour, which commemorates the Queen's Birthday, and Beating Retreat.

The Life Guards ride onto Horse Guards Parade

Meet The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry Museum, in the heart of London, provides an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at The Queen's Lifeguard's history, training and working lives. Learn more >>

Getting To Horse Guards

Address: Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX

By Underground

The nearest tube stations are:
Charing Cross - About 6 minutes walk. Bakerloo, & Northern line
Embankment - 10 minutes walk Bakerloo, Northern, District & Circle line

By Train

Nearest, mainline, train station:
Charing Cross- About 6 minutes walk

By Bus

Bus Numbers: 11, 12, 159, 24, 3, 453, 53, 87, 88,
N109, N11, N136, N155, N2, N3, N381, N44, N87

By Car

Not recommended, Whitehall is in the congestion charge zone.
Parking is difficult to find and expensive.

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The Life Guards Route

The Queen's Life Guard leave Hyde Park Barracks at 10:28 weekdays and 09:28 on Sundays to ride to Horse Guards Parade via Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill and The Mall on their way to Changing the Queen's Life Guard ceremony.