At Buckingham Palace, this ceremony takes place daily until 4 August at 11.30am. The Guard will change at 4pm on 15 & 17 June. The ceremony starts at 11.30am, and lasts 40 minutes. It takes place inside the palace railings, and you can watch it from outside.
The Queen’s Guard, accompanied by a band, leaves Wellington Barracks at 11.27am and marches via Birdcage Walk to the Palace. Changing the Guard is cancelled in very wet weather. When there is an important state event, times may change, and there may be no music. The nearest Underground stations to Buckingham Palace are Victoria, St. James’s Park and Green Park.
Horse Guards Parade
A separate ceremony is held daily throughout the year near Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall. It takes place daily, at 11am Monday to Saturday and at 10am on Sundays.
Horse Guards ParadeIn this ceremony the Queen’s Life Guard leaves Hyde Park Barracks at 10.28am Monday to Saturday and at 9.28am on Sundays. It rides to Horse Guards Parade via Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill and The Mall. The nearest Underground stations to Horse Guards Parade Embankment, Charing Cross, and Westminster.
Weather permitting, the Guard Change at Windsor Castle takes place daily at 11am until 3 August. There will be no Guard change on 11, 18 and 25 June. The Guard will change without music or ceremony on 10, 17 and 19 June. The Guard will change at 4pm on 17 June and at 9am on 19 June.
Tower of London
Please note, that the ceremony at the Tower of London no longer takes place.
The soldiers who take part in the guard changing ceremony at Buckingham Palace normally come from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards. The Foot Guards consist of the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards and the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. At Horse Guards Parade, the soldiers who take part are normally from the Household Cavalry, which consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. These seven regiments make up the Household Division and guarding the Queen is one of their responsibilities.