Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

Dates and times for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace plus details of changes to the ceremony during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coldstream Guards on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Coldstream Guards Mounting The Queen's Guard

Changing the Guard Dates

Schedule to take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from August to May and daily in June and July the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is currently suspended following Government advice to avoid mass gatherings and encourage social distancing, during the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Guards in their traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. are still mounting 'The Queen's Guard', but at the end of their tour of duty the hand over to the New Guard takes place without music or ceremony.

Virtual Visits

If you’re confined to your home, but would like to see the Guards in action in happier times you can check out the videos on our website, a selection of photo albums from our photographers and visitors, or visit our Facebook Page for hundreds more photos and videos.

Changing of the Guard Times

Free of watch the Changing of the Guard spans three locations, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Wellington Barracks normal timings are:.

  • 10:43 Old Guard leaves St James's Palace
  • 10:57 New Guard leaves Wellington Barrack
  • 11:00 Official Start Time
  • 11:10 St James's Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
  • 11:25 Relieved sentries leave St James's Palace
  • 11:40 Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace
  • 11:45 St James's Palace Guard leaves Buckingham Palace

Note: Always check the date you plan to visit.

Times can change and on occasions the Guard Mount without music or ceremony!


Confirmed Dates and Times for the Changing of the Guard ceremony are added to the calendar as soon as they have been confirmed.

Suspended until further notice.

As soon as COVID-19 restrictions are eased we will update the calendar and share the information on the social media channels below.

Visiting Changing The Guard

Where To Watch

Places to watch Changing the Guard
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What You Will See

Complete guide to the Changing of the Guard ceremony

Visiting With Children

Suggestions to help younger visitors see the Guards and Bands without a long wait


Answers to frequently asked questions about Changing the Guard

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.

You can save 10% on this fun packed tour by adding the discount code FUNGUARD10PC when you book a Changing the Guard Walking Tour.

Corona Virus Information


  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website
  • The UK government has advised against all inessential travel and ordered people to remain at home. 
  • Many events have been postponed or cancelled, and attractions, restaurants, pubs, theatres and other venues have temporarily closed. 
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • For travellers already in the UK, use the 111 online corona virus service to get further information.


Stay safe and hope we will see you soon!

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