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 4 days a week at Buckingham Palace and 3 days a week at Windsor Castle.
For about 6 weeks in the summer (usually for part of June and most of July) the guard change generally takes place daily. Confirmation of this will be updated to the site as soon as it is available.
Particularly during the winter months the ceremony may be cancelled due to bad weather often at the last minute, we aim to post any last minute changes and updates to the ceremony on our Facebook page.
11.00am Buckingham, Palace
11.00am Windsor Castle
During the summer months the ceremony is very popular and we therefore recommend arriving early
The ceremonies finish at 12 noon.
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Confirmed Schedule for Buckingham Palace
The Queen's Life Guard changes at Horse Guards Parade Whitehall at 1100 hours daily and 1000 hours on Sunday.
The Queen's Guard will change at Buckingham Palace at 1100 hours on the following days (unless otherwise stated). There will be no Guard Mounting Ceremony in the Forecourt in very wet weather.
May 2018 - 11am
2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 26th and 30th May.
FUTURE PROVISIONAL SCHEDULES FOR BUCKINGHAM PALACE 2018
JUNE (Provisional) Please note the confirmed schedule will be available from the end of May
It is likely that the Guard Change ceremony will alter and take place daily at some point from the middle of June, but at this stage we are unable to confirm the exact date this will happen.
JULY (Provisional) Please note the confirmed schedule will be available from the end of June
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace usually takes place daily in July, however at this stage we cannot confirm this, if it is not daily it is most likely to occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
AUGUST (Provisional) Please note the confirmed schedule will be available from the end of July
Please note that Provisional schedules are subject to change and we cannot guarantee there will be a guard change on the dates listed until the confirmed schedule is issued.