Confirmed Schedule for Buckingham Palace
Due to the Covid19, Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have been cancelled, there is currently no information available as to when it will re-start.
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.
When it is operating The Queen's Life Guard changes at Horse Guards Parade Whitehall at 1100 hours daily and 1000 hours on Sunday.
When the guard change is able to take place again 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.
Checking dates and times before you plan your visit
We know that many of you are planning well in advance and are looking to plan your visit to London and to see Changing the Guard so as a guide and based on our past experience this is a provisional idea of when the guard change at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle is likely to take place.
However it is really important to double check this, unfortunately we wont always know until late on but activities such as major Sporting Events, State Visits and Trooping the Colour are all events that can affect the ceremony.
Events in 2020 that are likely to mean the ceremony at Buckingham Palace would not go ahead are:
The State visit from Japan, at this point it is scheduled for the Spring of this year with no further details other than the fact that Her Majesty will welcome the Emperor and Empress of Japan at Windsor Castle - further details to be announced.
The London Marathon on Sunday 26th April as the course passes Buckingham Palace and runs up The Mall.
Trooping the Colour, perhaps the largest and most important ceremonial event in the military Calendar, it is likely to affect ceremonies at Buckingham Palace on Saturday 30th May, Saturday 6th June and Saturday 13th June 2020.
We recommend you try to plan two days that are easily 'interchangeable' so that if there is an adjustment to the schedule you can more easily make last minute changes!
However purely as a general guide we expect the following schedules:
March and April every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
May, June and July - daily
August onwards every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
March and April every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
May, June and July - daily
August onwards every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
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