Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

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

 

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

 

10:45 - Guards and Bands start arriving
11:00 - Official Start Time

 

The Changing of the Guard ceremony lasts around 45 minutes

 

Check the date you plan to visit as the Changing of the Guard can take place at different times, and on occasions without music or ceremony.

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 12 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 14 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 16 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 17 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 19 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 21 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 23 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
No St James's Palace Band

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 24 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Welsh Guards
No St James's Palace Band

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Thursday 27 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Welsh Guards
No St James's Palace Band

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 28 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Drums or Pipes of the 1st Bn. Irish Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 30 December @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Welsh Guards
Drums or Pipes of the 1st Bn. Irish Guards

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Dates for January 2019

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Changing of the Guard Dates January 2019

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 2 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 4 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 6 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 7 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 9 January  @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks
Birthday of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 11 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 13 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 14 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 16 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 18 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 20 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks
Birthday of HRH The Countess of Wessex

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 21 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Irish Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 23 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Friday 25 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
1st Bn. Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Sunday 27 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Monday 28 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Irish Guards
1st Battalion Irish Guards Drums or Pipes

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 30 January @ 11:00

Queen's Guard:
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:
Band of the Scots Guards
1st Bn. Coldstream Guards Corps of Drums

Remarks

 

Where to Watch

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace

February Dates are still under review.

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

 

Featured Pages

To see more of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, than a sea of heads and selfie sticks in front of Buckingham Palace, check out these pages:

About Changing the Guard

  • The Queen's Guard
  • Where, when & why
  • The ceremony
  • Best spots to watch

Changing the Guard Guide

Troop Movements

Changing the Guard spans three locations these maps and details of troop movements before, during and after the ceremony can help you see more.

Visiting 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.

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Wet Weather Cancellations

The decision to cancel, due to rain, can be made as late as 10:45 on the day, meaning we cannot update our website in time to help people en-route or already at the Palace.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 see the entire Guard Mount and 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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Provisional Dates

Dates for Changing 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.

However, 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.