We use cookies to improve your experience on our website.
If you continue, we will assume you are happy to receive cookies that
enable you to move around our website and use essential features.

We will also collect anonymous information about website usage.

You can accept other cookies that remember the choices
you make to improve your visit and ensure the information
we serve you is more relevant.

Do you want to receive these cookies?

Find out more

Changing of the Guard

The pomp and ceremony involved in the Changing of the Guard is a popular London tourist attraction.

The Queen's Life Guard are the mounted troopers of the Household Cavalry who guard the official entrance to St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace outside Horse Guards in Whitehall.

The Queen's Guard in London comprises two detachments, one each for Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace, under the command of the Captain of The Queen's Guard.

The Queen's Life Guard


The Guard Changing Ceremony takes place each weekday at 11:00am and at 10:00am on Sundays at Horse Guards. The mounted sentries (who change every hour) are on duty each day from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Changing of the Guard

The Queen's Guard

The Queen's Guard changes 11:30am in the forecourt at Buckingham Palace. At Windsor Castle the ceremony usually takes place in the Castle's quadrangle at 11:30am. In summer the ceremony takes place every day. In winter it takes place every other day.
*