Horse Guards Parade

Historic Site in The West End

In a more accessible version of Buckingham Palace’s Changing of the Guard, the mounted troops of the Household Cavalry's two regiments, the Life Guards and the Blues & Royals, change guard here daily, at what is the official vehicular entrance to the royal palaces. A slightly less ceremonial version takes place at 4pm when the dismounted guards are changed. On the Queen’s official birthday in June, the Trooping the Colour takes place here.

During the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, jousting tournaments were staged here. The parade ground and its buildings were built in 1745 to house the Queen’s so-called Life Guards. Here you'll also find the Household Cavalry Museum.