Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

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

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Changing the Guard Dates & Times - January 2020

Changing the Guard Times

  • 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

Check the calendar, changes can occur!

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

-

Walk with the Guards

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

-

Changing the Guard Dates & Times - February 2020

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 2 February @ 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
Monday 3 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:


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

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 5 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:


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

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Thursday 6 February

 

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Remarks

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The Green Park 12 Noon
Tower of London 13:00

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 7 February @ 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
Sunday 9 February @ 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
Monday 10 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 12 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 14 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 16 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Honourable Artillery Company

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 17 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Household Cavalry
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 19 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Household Cavalry
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 21 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:


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

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Sunday 23 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Royal Yeomanry

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Monday 24 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Wednesday 26 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Musical Support:


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

Remarks

-

Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace
Friday 28 February @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:


Band of the Scots Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

March 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.

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Changing the Guard Guide

Complete guide to Changing the Guard

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

Where to Watch

Best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard.

With maps and tips to help you see more.

Visiting With Children

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The Queen's Life Guard

See the men and horses changing The Queen's Life Guard on Horse Guards Parade.

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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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.

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.

Getting to Buckingham Palace

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA

By Underground

The nearest tube stations are:
Green Park - Piccadilly, Victoria & Jubilee lines - About 10 minutes walk
St James's Park - District & Circle line - About 10 minutes walk
Victoria - District, Circle & Victoria line - About 15 minutes walk

By Train

Nearest, mainline, train station:
London Victoria - About 15 minutes walk

By Bus

Bus Numbers: 11, 211, 239, C1 & C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.

By Car

Not recommended, Buckingham Palace is in the congestion charge zone.
Parking is difficult to find and expensive.

Getting Around London

The Visitor Oyster Card is the cheapest and most flexible way to travel around London.

Valid on London Underground, buses, trams and the Dockland Light Railway (DLR).

  • Cheap - A single tube journey will cost 4.30 with cash but a maximum of 2.00 with an Oyster card
  • Smart - You will never be charged more than a price of a London Travel card
  • Easy - Your card is reusable and the credit never expires
  • Save - Discounts at top restaurants, shops and venues across London simply by showing your card
  • Use your Visitor Oyster to get from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to London and back

The London Travelcard gives you access to unlimited travel on London Underground trains, buses, Docklands Light Railway, trams and overland trains within London.

  • Cheap: with one ticket you get unlimited travel, [ within the zones your Travel card covers], working out much cheaper than buying single tickets
  • Easy: one ticket for one day or one week!

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.

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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