Changing of the Guard Dates & Times

The confirmed schedule for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with dates, times and details of the Regiments and Bands taking part in December 2021.

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.

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.

 

Coldstream Guards on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Coldstream Guards Mounting The Queen's Guard

Changing the Guard 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

Scroll down 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!

Changing the Guard Schedule December 2021

Confirmed dates and times and details of the Regiments and Bands scheduled for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in December 2021

Wednesday 1 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Friday 3 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Sunday 5 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Remarks

-

Monday 6 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Household Cavalry
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Remarks

-

Wednesday 8 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Friday 10 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Sunday 12 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Monday 13 December @ 06:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

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

Remarks

-

Wednesday 15 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Friday 17 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Scots Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Sunday 19 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Irish Guards

Remarks

-

Monday 20 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

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

Remarks

-

Wednesday 22 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

F Company Scots Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Friday 24 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Welsh Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Remarks

-

Monday 27 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Wednesday 29 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

Friday 31 December @ 11:00

The Queen's Guard:

7 Company Coldstream Guards

Musical Support:

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards

Remarks

-

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.

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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