Changing the Guard | Buckingham Palace / Troop Movements

Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Wellington Barrack are the three locations between which the Changing the Guard ceremony takes place.

Walking between these locations lets you see more of the Guards and Bands, taking part in the ceremony, plus a chance to get some great photographs.

You can plan you own route, using the timings below, or book a tour with an expert guide to ensure you are in the best positions to see all of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

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Troop Movement Timings

Before, during and after the Changing of the Guard ceremony troop movements take place between Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Wellington Barracks.

Before the Ceremony

Ride-past of the Household Cavalry on their way to the Guard Change at Horse Guards Parade.
Old Guard leaves St James’s Palace
a contingent remains on duty until relieved by part of the New Guard
New Guard leaves Wellington Barracks towards Buckingham Palace
Official start time for Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

During and after the ceremony

The Old Guard of The Queen’s Life Guard rides past
St James’s Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
St James’s Palace contingent leaves St James’s Palace
Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace for Wellington Barracks
St James’s Palace Detachment of The Queen's Guard leaves Buckingham Palace

The routes the Guards take during these troop movements is also available.

About The Ceremony

Learn more about the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.