Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard information

London , England
Buckingham Palace Rd
Buckingham Palace, SW1
+44 20 7766 7300
Getting there
Underground Rail: St James’s Park or Victoria
Opening hours
11.30am daily Apr-Jul & alternate days, weather permitting Aug-Mar
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This is a London ‘must see’ – if you actually get to see anything from among the crowds. The old guard (Foot Guards of the Household Regiment) comes off duty to be replaced by the new guard on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, and tourists gape – sometimes from behind as many as 10 people – at the bright red uniforms and bearskin hats of shouting and marching soldiers for just over half an hour. The official name for the ceremony is Guard Mounting, which, dare we say, sounds more interesting.