Changing the Guard

Your complete guide to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards and Windsor Castle.

Plus details of the spectacular State, Royal and Military Ceremonial Events in London.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace


Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a must-see free London attraction!
Learn more about the Regiments and Bands on duty, schedules, and information on
how to see more of the ceremony than most visitors.


About Changing the Guard

The Queen's Life Guard

The Queen's Life Guard change on Horse Guards Parade class=

The Queen's Life Guard protect the official entrance to Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace.

You can see the Queen's Life Guard change daily on Horse Guards Parade.

About The Queen's Life Guard

Windsor Castle Guard

Windsor Castle Guard change

Windsor Castle Guard change within the walls of the world's oldest inhabited castle.

Watch the ceremony inside the castle, or see the Guards and Band marching to and from Windsor Castle.

About the Windsor Castle Guard

Tower of London Guard

Tower of London Guard

Three military ceremonies take place inside the Tower of London every day.

The Tower of London Guard, in conjunction with the Yeomen Warders, are there to protect the Tower.

About the Tower of London Guard

Ceremonial Events

The Queens Birthday Parade returning down The Mall

Trooping the Colour, also known as 'The Queen's Birthday Parade', Beating Retreat, State Opening of Parliament, State Visits and the Garter Ceremony are some of the ceremonial events that take place annually.

Learn more about the ceremonial events where and when they take place and how to get tickets.

About Ceremonial Events

Ceremonial Highlights 2018


Royal Wedding - Saturday 19th May

Major General’s Review - Saturday 26th May

The Colonel’s Review - Saturday 2nd June

Household Division Beating Retreat - 6 & 7 June

Queen’s Birthday Parade - Saturday 9th June

Find Concerts, Gun Salutes, Parades, Pageantry and lots more...

Ceremonial Events Calendar

Palaces & Castles

The Grand Staircase in Buckingham Palace

Britain's Royal Palaces and Castles attract visitors from around the world.

A visit to the magnificent Palaces and Castles, used by Royalty through the centuries, always make for an excellent day out.

Visit Palaces and Castles


Things to See and Do

Things to do and see in London

Find the best things to do and places to see in London.
Check out our favourite free and paid attractions.

To quote Samuel Johnson; Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Things To Do

Hidden Gems

The Ceremony of the Keys

Every night, for about 700 years, the Yeoman Warders, often called Beefeaters, have performed a gate-closing ritual known as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

Book early!

About the Ceremony of the Keys

The Devil is in the Detail

You can simply check the dates and times and head for Buckingham Palace to join the huge crowds struggling to see the Changing of the Guard over a sea of heads.

Alternatively you can spend a little bit of time exploring our website to discover how to see more of the Changing of the Guard ceremony than most visitors and ensure you are in the right place at the right time.

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