Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

Dates and times for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in September and October 2021..

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

Please check the calendar, below, for 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!

Calendar

Confirmed dates and times for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in September and October 2021.

Friday 24 September @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion

Musical Support:

British Army band Tidworth

Remarks

-

Sunday 26 September @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of The Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Monday 27 September @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Wednesday 29 September @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of The Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Changing the Guard Dates and Times October 2021

Friday 1 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME

Musical Support:

British Army Band Tidworth
(Full Mount)
Band of the Welsh Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Sunday 3 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

0600hrs Admin Mount without music or ceremony
0600hrs Admin Mount without music or ceremony

Remarks

-

Monday 4 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Musical Support:

Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Full Mount)
Band of the Welsh Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Wednesday 6 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
(Full Mount)
Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 8 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Musical Support:

Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Full Mount)
Band of the Grenadier Guards (Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Sunday 10 October @ 16:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

No music or ceremony

Remarks

Admin Mount - 16:00

Monday 11 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME

Musical Support:

British Army Band Tidworth
(Full Mount)
Band of the Irish Guards
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Wednesday 13 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
(Full Mount)
British Army Band Tidworth
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 15 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Musical Support:

Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Full Mount)
Band of the Grenadier Guards
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Sunday 17 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
(Full Mount)
Royal Canadian Artillery Band
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Monday 18 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Scots Guards

Remarks

-

Wednesday 20 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Musical Support:

Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Full Mount)
Band of the Welsh Guards
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 22 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards
(Full Mount)
Royal Canadian Artillery Band
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Sunday 24 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME

Musical Support:

British Army Band Colchester
(Full Mount)
Band of the Scots Guards
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Monday 25 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards
(Full Mount)
British Army Band Colchester
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Wednesday 27 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME

Musical Support:

British Army Band Colchester
(Full Mount)
Band of the Grenadier Guards
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Friday 29 October @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
(Full Mount)
British Army Band Colchester
(Full Dismount)

Remarks

-

Sunday 31 October @ 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

-

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The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place between three locations Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Wellington Barracks.

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Corona Virus Information

Recommendations for those planning to attend the Changing of the Guard are:

  • As with any major event or attraction take a rapid lateral flow test before going to help keep everyone safe
  • Anyone who tests positive should not travel and follow Government advice to isolate
  • If someone in your household has had a positive test result, or if you are told to self-isolate, please do not come to Guard Change.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not come to Guard Change
  • Wear face coverings in busy or enclosed areas
  • Carry a hand sanitiser and sanitise your hands frequently

Find the latest information on the official UK government website

Stay safe and hope we will see you soon!

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