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 in London.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of 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.

Changing The Queen's Life Guard

Changing the Queen's Life Guard on Horse Guards Parade

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.

Changing the Windsor Castle Guard

Band of the Irish Guards providing musical support for the 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.


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.

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 as Sunday
  • 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.

Dismount Parade

Queen's Life Guard Dsimont Parade

The Four 'O' Clock Parade, 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).

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Ceremonial Events

Queen's Birthday Parade returning down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

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 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


Royal 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.


Things to See and Do

Things to see and do 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.

Hidden Gems

The ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

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.

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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 all the elements of the Changing of the Guard ceremony to ensure you are in the right place at the right time to see more than most visitors.

Pictures & Videos

Check out the a rich collection of photographs and videos reflecting the pomp, ceremony and uniquely British flavour of Changing of the Guard and ceremonial military events