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The Ceremony
of Changing the Guard
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This magnificent Ceremony is conducted at a number of Royal residences. In London it can be seen at Buckingham Palace and in Windsor at Windsor Castle.
The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the names given to contingents of soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London.
The Changing of The Guard Ceremony is when a new detachment of guards marches to the Palace to replace the old detachment. The detachment is led by the Guards Military Band. A new guard is mounted daily and is taken from the corps occupying the Guardhouse.
The soldiers are drawn from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army. Occasionally a Commonwealth regiment is honoured with being asked to mount a guard. The British Guards regiments consist of the Scots, the Irish, the Welsh, the Grenadier and the Coldstream. The Guards present a colourful spectacle in their scarlet tunics and black bearskins.
The British Army determines the availability of soldiers for guarding royal palaces. Currently the timetable for Changing the Guard is as follows but it is a good idea to check the British Monarchy website to avoid disappointment.
The Queen's Guard in London changes in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:30 every day in the summer (May to July) and every other day in the winter, weather permitting.
To get a good view through the railings and be at the front of the crowd, visitors need to arrive at least a half an hour or more before the guards arrive.
A Tip
To get a different close up look at one of the Guards, walk around to St James's Palace just off the Mall.
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Buckingham Palace, visit the TfL Journey Planner, link above.
- By Underground
St James’ Park Station Circle and District Lines
Green Park Station Piccadily, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
Hyde Park Corner Station Piccadilly Line
Victoria Station Victoria, Circle and District Lines
- By Rail
Victoria Mainline Station National Rail
- By Bus
Route Nos 11, 211, 239, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road
- By Car
Buckingham Palace is in the Congestion Charge zone  Web:  Congestion Charge
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