Dates and times for Buckingham Palace

Please note that due to security concerns, the schedules are not normally released until the month prior and can change. Please return to this page to look for regular updates

For most of the year, the Guard Change takes place on alternate days, (either odd or even days).

We suggest when planning your visit that you arrange two days that are easily interchangeable. This will ensure you see the guard change.

You may be interested to know that the Guard Change at Windsor Castle is different to the Guard Change at Buckingham Palace. If in a given month the Guard Change is on 'even' dates at Buckingham Palace then they will be on 'odd' dates at Windsor Castle.



10.30am St James's Palace and Wellington Barracks

11am Buckingham, Palace



Confirmed Schedule for Buckingham Palace


April 2017


2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd ,24th, 26th, 28th, 30th.

Please click here for the detailed confirmed Schedule


Important Notice

From the 16th January 2017 Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace now takes place on Mondays Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with all timings being earlier by thirty minutes. Windsor Castle Guard will stay at the same time, but will also only take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with musical support and without musical support on Sundays.

Changes are reflected in April Guard duties.


April Highlights

04 Apr 17: Countess of Wessex Orchestra at 7.00pm in the Guard’s Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Admission Free

12 Apr 17: Holy Week Recital at 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the Guard’s Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Featuring members of the Guards’ Chapel Choir. Tickets from £15

13 Apr 17: 1.10pm Lunchtime Concert at 1.10pm in the Guard’s Chapel.Featuring Members of the Guards’ Chapel Choir. Admission Free

21 Apr 17: HM the Queen’s Birthday. Gun salutes at Hyde Park (12.00pm)  and the Tower of London (1.00pm)

22 Apr 17:St. George’s Day Concert at The Guards Chapel:  Band of the Coldstream Guards will perform their annual concert in aid of veterans charity Combat Stress. Concert will feature Alexander Armstrong, LPO Principal Trombonist Mark Templeton and the Commonwealth Children’s Choir

23 Apr 17: St. George’s Day

25 Apr 17: Anzac Day Service

At 05.00am Dawn Service at Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner

At 11.00am Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph. Complimentary tickets available from here.

At 12.00pm Service of Commemmoration and Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey. Complimentary Tickets available from here.

25 Apr 17: At 1.10pm Guards Chapel Recital. Featuring Guards Flute Ensemble.Free admission