Changing the Guard | Troop Movements / Maps & Times
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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Troop Movement Timings
Before, during and after the Changing of the Guard ceremony troop movements take place between Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace and Wellington Barracks.
Before the Ceremony
New Guard form up on the parade square at Wellington Barracks for inspection, while the Band accompanying them play a selection of music.
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
Household Cavalry ride past on their way to mount The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards.
The New Guard step off, from Wellington Barracks, for Buckingham Palace.
Location & Troop Movements
Click the map to view routes and details of troop movements before, during and after the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
- Location Map
Locations where elements of the Changing of the Guard ceremony take place.
- Before the Ceremony
Troop movements before the ceremony:
1. Household Cavalry pass Buckingham Palace en-route to Change The Queen's Life Guard
2. St James's Palace Detachment of the Old Guard march to Buckingham Palace
3. New Guard march from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace
- During the Ceremony
4. Household Cavalry ride past on their way back to their barracks
5. St James's Palace relief leave Buckingham Palace to relieve the sentries of the Old Guard
6. Sentries from the Old Guard march back to Buckingham Palace
- After the Ceremony
7. Old Guard leave Buckingham Palace and march to Wellington Barracks
8. St James's Palace Detachment of the Queen's Guard leave Buckingham Palace
During / After the Ceremony
Official start time for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
St. James's Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
St. James's Palace contingent, of the Old Guard, leaves St. James's Palace
The Old Guard of The Queen's Life Guard rides past
Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace for Wellington Barracks
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.
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Before You Go
Find out more about the ceremony and the best places to stand to see the Changing of the Guard, if you are heading straight to Buckingham Palace.