Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is a great display of British pomp and pageantry that occurs when the The Queens Old Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard. The queens guard are fully operational infantry and cavalry soldiers and even though they are a great spectacle are nor purely ceremonial.
The full changing of the guard ceremony last approx 45 minutes and begins at the forecourt of Buckingham palace 11am sharp following a Old Guard march from St. James Palace. The New Guard also march in from Wellington Barracks led by a regimental band.
No tickets are required to watch the Changing of the Guard however joining a tour can help provide you with additional information. Make sure you get to Buckingham Palace early to get a good view of the ceremony.
Changing of the Guard Information
Category: London Landmarks, Must See Attractions, Royal London
Suitable For: Adults, Couples, Families, Kids
London Area: Westminster
Entry Price: Free Entry
Nearby Tube Stations: Hyde Park Corner, St. James Park, Victoria
Tags: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard
Address: St. James's Ward, England, SW1A 1BB, GB