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  • Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London, England SW1
  • Hours: Daily 11:30am

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Changing of the Guard

The daily Changing of the Guard ceremony provides the most atmospheric time to visit Buckingham Palace. Set at about 11:30am, the 45-minute spectacle is a classic example of British pomp and ceremony, a centuries-old tradition that marks the official shift change of the Household Regiment—the Queen's guards who are stationed at Buckingham Palace.

For visitors, the Changing of the Guard is a chance to witness the grandeur of a royal march, with the guards dressed in their iconic red suits and bearskin hats, with regimental flags held aloft. The ceremony begins with the New Guard marching from Wellington Barracks to the palace with a marching band, while the mounted Horse Guards leave from the Hyde Park barracks and cross The Mall to St James' Palace. The official hand-off then takes place in the palace forecourt.

To get a good view, it's best to arrive early—as early as 9:30am in the summer months for a good view. Some tours are timed specifically for the ceremony, guaranteeing the best viewpoints and a local guide. Travelers can also pair the show with a tour of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey or Windsor Castle, or with afternoon tea, a quintessential English experience.

Practical Info

Buckingham Palace's Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place daily at 11:30am and lasts about 45 minutes. The nearest tube stations are St James Park, Green Park and Victoria. Be aware that the ceremony can be canceled in bad weather.

Did You Know? The Guards' famous bearskin hats stand up to 18 inches tall and weigh one and a half pounds. Head to the Guards Museum on Wellington Barracks to try one on and even pose for a photo!

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