Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

Confirmed dates for Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace in December 2019 and January 2020, with details of the Regiments and Bands on duty.

The official start time for the Changing of the Guard on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace is 11:00 and the ceremony lasts for about 45 minutes, but please check the calendar below as changes can occur.

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is free to watch and no tickets are required!

 

Here are three steps designed to help you plan, see and enjoy your visit to the Changing of the Guard.

1. Check the dates

Scroll down and check the dates and times Changing the Guard is scheduled to take place.

Always check - Times can change and occasionally the Guard Mount without music or ceremony.

2. Where to Watch

Best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard.

With maps and tips to help you see more.

3. About Changing the Guard

Complete guide to Changing the Guard

  • Where, when & why
  • The Ceremony
  • The Queen's Guard

Changing the Guard Dates & Times - December 2019

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 9 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Royal Navy

Musical Support:

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland (Full Mount)
Band of the Scots Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 11 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards (Full Mount)
Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

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Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 13 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Royal Navy

Musical Support:

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Full Mount)
Band of the Welsh Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 15 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards (Full Mount)
Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 16 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Royal Navy

Musical Support:

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood (Full Mount)
Band of the Coldstream Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 18 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards (Full Mount)
Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 20 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 22 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Welsh Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Tuesday 24 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Welsh Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 27 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Welsh Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 29 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 30 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing the Guard Dates & Times - January 2020

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Thursday 2 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

24 Hour Guard

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 3 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 5 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 6 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 8 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 10 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 12 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 13 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 15 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
1st Bn. Welsh Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 17 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 19 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 20 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 22 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 24 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 26 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 27 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Welsh Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 29 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 31 January @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

-

February Dates for Changing the Guard are still under review.

We will update this calendar and share the information on the social media channels below as soon as they are confirmed by the British Army.

Changing the Guard Schedule Updates

Schedules for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace are normally confirmed around the 20th of the preceding month.

Dates and Times can change, sometimes at short notice,when the Guards are required for operational or other ceremonial duties, or as a result of road closures.

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Walk with the Guards

The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place between three locations Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Wellington Barracks.

To end up in the right place at the right time we recommend the award winning Changing the Guard Walking Tour from Fun London Tours.

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Visit with children

How the kids can see the Guards, hear the Bands play and avoid a long boring wait in the huge crowds in front of Buckingham Palace.

Visit with Children

Wet Weather Cancellations

The decision to cancel, due to rain, can be made as late as 10:45 on the day.
As the Captain of the New Guard delays making the decision to call a 'Wet Mount' until the last minute it means we cannot update our website or social media pages in time to help people en-route or already at the Palace.

Questions Answered

Q. "What is a Full Mount / Dismount"?

Normally the same Band that accompany the New Guard from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace then lead the Old Guard back to barracks at the end of the ceremony.

A Full Mount means the Band accompany the New Guard from barracks to Buckingham Palace, and after the ceremony lead the St James's Palace Detachment of The Queen's Guard up The Mall to St James's Palace.
A Full Dismount means the Band lead the Dismounting Guard from St. James's to Buckingham Palace and after the ceremony to Wellington Barracks.

You can find answers to more frequently asked questions on our FAQ Page.

Provisional Dates

Dates for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace shown in the calendar above have been confirmed by the British Army.

We anticipate Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace will take place on Sunday's, Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's between August and May with daily Guard Mounts in June and July.

We must stress that these provisional dates have not been confirmed and can change.

Disclaimer - Please Read

Every reasonable effort has been made by changing-guard.com to compile accurate information about the Changing of the Guard ceremony schedules and to keep these up to date.

However, schedules can and do change from time to time, sometimes without notice, meaning we cannot guarantee the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace will take place on the dates stated or accept any responsibility for loss or inconvenience caused by using the information provided on this website.

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