Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

Dates and times for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Coldstream Guards on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Coldstream Guards Mounting The Queen's Guard

Changing the Guard Dates

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is scheduled to take place:

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

  • June and July - Daily

Scroll down for the current 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!


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the Changing of the Guard ceremony is not currently be taking place at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

Guardsmen 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.

We are very aware of the disappointment this will no doubt cause and the Household Division intend to resume the Changing of the Guard with all its pomp and pageantry as soon as is safe to do so. 

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.


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

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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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