Changing of 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 that take place in London.
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a must-see London attraction, which is free to watch!
Learn more about the Regiments and Bands on duty, schedules, and information on how to see more of the ceremony than most visitors.
Changing The Queen's Life Guard
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.
Windsor Castle Guard Mount
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 as they march to and from Windsor Castle.
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 and the Crown Jewels.
Dates and Times
- Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace - Official Start Time - 11:00
- Windsor Castle Guard Change - Official start time - 11:00
- The Queen's Life Guard on Horse Guards Parade - 11:00 Monday to Saturday and at 10:00 on Sunday's
- The Queen's Life Guard Dismount Parade - 16:00 Daily (on the forecourt of Horse Guards).
Always check the schedules for the Changing the Guard ceremony you plan to visit as dates and times can change when the Guards are required for ceremonial or operational duties and due to road closure.
The Four 'O' Clock Parade, is also known as the Dismounting Ceremony and Punishment Parade.
The Dismount Parade takes place in the courtyard in front of the Horse Guards building.(Facing Whitehall).
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 ceremonial events where and when they take place and how to get tickets or the best places to watch from the sidelines.
Ceremonial Highlights 2019
Major General’s Review - Saturday 25th May
The Colonel’s Review - Saturday 1st June
Beating Retreat - 5th & 8th June
Queen’s Birthday Parade - Saturday 8th June
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Royal Palaces and Castles
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.
Things To See & Do
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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.
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.
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 selfie sticks and heads.
Alternatively you can spend a little bit of time exploring our website to discover how to see all the elements of the Changing of the Guard ceremony to help you see more than most visitors.
Pictures & Videos
Check out the rich collection of photographs and videos reflecting the pomp, ceremony and uniquely British flavour of Changing of the Guard and ceremonial military events captured by our photographers and visitors.