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The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

In Brief:

What: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Why: Celebrating British Monarchy and ensuring top-tier palace security
Highlight: A musical military band enhances the pageantry!

What's All the Fuss About?

Step right up to Buckingham Palace and let the grandeur of British tradition envelop you! You’re about to witness the illustrious Changing of the Guard. This isn’t just a fancy parade; it’s a seamless handover from the trusty “Old Guard” to the sprightly “New Guard” – ensuring King Charles III and the palace remain in the safest hands.

Did you know? These guards hail from the Household Division – a blend of the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry. Only the best for our monarchy, I say!

Changing of the Guard - Key Timings

10:43 – Departure of the Old Guard from St James’s Palace
10:57 – The New Guard exits Wellington Barrack, eager to take the helm!
11:00 – Official fanfare begins! Let the spectacle commence!
11:10 – St James’s Palace relief strides out from Buckingham Palace
11:25 – Relieved sentries bid adieu to St James’s Palace
11:40 – The Old Guard bids Buckingham Palace farewell
11:45 – St James’s Palace Guard vacates Buckingham Palace

Remember: Double-check before you gallop over! Timings may vary, and sometimes the ceremony might be a tad quieter without music.

Changing of the Guard - Dates

August to May: Do tip your hat on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
June & July 2024: Stick to the same schedule – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Join the Adventure!

See the Changing of the Guard in person! Our “London Landmarks & Secret Gems” tour brings you front and centre to this timeless spectacle.

Tally ho, and off you go!