Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

Dates and times for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in May 2022, with details of the Regiments and Bands taking part.

IMPORTANT - If you are planning to visit Changing the Guard between 3rd May and 20th June 2022 please read the notice from the Royal Parks Police about Restricted public access

Where to Watch Changing the Guard

We are often asked where is the best spot to watch the Changing of the Guard, but as the ceremony spans three locations Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Wellington Barracks there is no single spot where you can see the entire Guard Mount.

IMPORTANT - If you are planning to visit Changing the Guard between 3rd May and 20th June 2022 please read the notice from the Royal Parks Police about Restricted public access

If you would like to see the various stages of the ceremony with an expert guide, including the inspection of the, Old Guard, we recommend the award winning Changing the Guard Walking Tour from Fun London Tours who will get you to the right place at the right time.

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Coldstream Guards on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Coldstream Guards Mounting The Queen's Guard

Changing the Guard Schedule May 2022

Confirmed dates, times and details of the Regiments and Bands scheduled for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in May 2022

Changing the Guard Schedule May 2022

Confirmed dates, times and details of the Regiments and Bands scheduled for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in May 2022

The ceremonial season moves into high gear this month and includes Trooping the Colour Reviews by the Major General on Saturday 21st May and the Colonels Review on Saturday 28th May when HRH The Duke of Cambridge will take the salute.

There is lots to see and hear with drill and musical rehersals taking place at various times and a walk past Wellington Barracks can sometimes provide a pleasant surprise.

On the days marked HG, in the 'remarks section', rehersals take place on Horse Guards Parade and the New Guard march from there to Buckingham Palace..

Sunday 15 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Musical Support:

Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Mount)
Band of the Scots Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Monday 16 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards (Full Mount)
Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Wednesday 18 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Musical Support:

Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Mount)
Band of the Coldstream Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 20 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards (Full Mount)
Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Dismount)

Remarks

 

Sunday 22 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Musical Support:

Band and Bugles of The Rifles (Full Mount)
Band of the Welsh Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Monday 23 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards (Full Mount)
Band and Bugles of The Rifles (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Wednesday 25 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Musical Support:

Band and Bugles of The Rifles (Full Mount)
Band of the Scots Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 27 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards (Full Mount)
Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Saturday 28 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Irish Guards

Musical Support:

14:00 hours Admin Mount
No music or ceremony

Remarks

Trooping the Colour - Reviewed by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge

Sunday 29 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

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

Remarks

Monday 30 May @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Musical Support:

Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (Full Mount)
Band of the Grenadier Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

Changing the Guard Provisional Dates

The days the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace normally takes place are:

  • August to May - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

  • June and July - Daily

Always check the confirmed schedule.

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!

Visiting Changing The Guard

Where To Watch

Places to watch Changing the Guard
With maps and tips to help you see more

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

FAQ

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.

Stay safe and hope we will see you soon!

 

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