Troop movements before, during, and after Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, with times and maps to help you see every element of the ceremony.
Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace and Wellington Barrack are the three locations between which the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place.
Walking between these locations lets you see more of the Guards and Bands, taking part in the ceremony, plus a chance to get some great photographs.
You can plan you own route, using the timings below, or book a tour with an expert guide to ensure you are in the best positions to see all of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Important Notice: From 16th January times were advanced 30 minutes.
i.e. official start time for the Changing of the Guard ceremony moved forward from 11:30 hours to 11:00 hours
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Before, during and after the Changing of the Guard ceremony troop movements take place between Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace and Wellington Barracks.
10:30: New Guard form up on the parade square at Wellington Barracks for inspection, while the Band accompanying them play a selection of music.
10:43: St. James's Palace Detachment of the Old Guard step off for Buckingham Palace.
(Sentries remain at their post until replaced by a part of the New Guard).
You can see the Old Guard being inspected, and when present, hear the St James Palace Band, from Marlborough Road from just before 10:25
10:45: Household Cavalry ride past Buckingham Palace on their way to mount The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards.
10:57: The New Guard step off, from Wellington Barracks, for Buckingham Palace.
Click or tap the map to view routes and details of troop movements before, during and after the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
11:00: Official start time for the Changing of the Guard ceremony
11:10: St. James's Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
11:25: St. James's Palace contingent, of the Old Guard, leaves St. James's Palace
11:37: The Old Guard of The Queen's Life Guard rides past on their way back to Hyde Park Barracks
11:40: Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace for Wellington Barracks
11:45: St. James's Palace Detachment of The Queen's Guard leaves Buckingham Palace.
The Buckingham Palace Detachement of The Queen's Guard then retire to the guardroom.
For the next 24/48 hours the Guardmen will spend 2 hours on sentry duty and 4 hours of
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Confirmed Dates & Times with details, of the Regiments and Bands scheduled for Changing the Guard.
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a ceremony steeped in history.
A long wait and standing in the huge crowds in front of Buckingham Palace can make a visit to the Changing of the Guard ceremony a daunting experience for younger children.
To help younger visitors enjoy the experience try this suggestion.
Address: Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
The nearest tube stations are:
Victoria - About 15 minutes District, Circle & Victoria line
Green Park - 10 minutes walk Piccadilly, Victoria & Jubilee line
St James's Park - 10 minutes walk District & Circle line
Bus Numbers: 11, 211, 239, C1 & C10 Stop on Buckingham Palace Rd.
Not recommended, Buckingham Palace is in the congestion charge zone.
Parking is difficult to find and expensive.
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).
The London Travelcard gives you access to unlimited travel on London Underground trains, buses, Docklands Light Railway, trams and overland trains within London.