The Full Guide to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

This Authorative Guide gives you an insight into what happens, when and why.


Information on who and what is behind the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London's most popular and colourful ceremony.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace guides are available in printed and digital formats:

Complete with maps showing ideal photo-points, timings and a simple guide to recognising the regiments, the 'Authoritative Guide' helps you get the best out of the event and it will help and support the Tourism Guides showing their groups around the




Table of Contents


Your 'Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace guide includes:


The Household Division

Grenadier Guards

Coldstream Guards

Scots Guards

Irish Guards

Welsh Guards

The Household Cavalry

The Life Guards

The Blues and Royals

Identifying the Regiments


Changing the Guard - full time schedule

Other Ceremonial Events

Pageantry Tales

French, German, Japanese & Spanish translations

Helpful Hints

Useful Telephone Numbers


Pocket-sized 36 page full colour guide

Contains a section with translations of the detail and timings of the ceremony into French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Produced with support from the Household Division, it has been granted the title of 'Authoritative Guide'.

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Excerpts from the Guide

Changing the Guard is one of the most colourful ceremonies you are ever likely to see. The responsibility of guarding the Sovereign dates back to Henry VII, spanning nearly 700 years of tradition.

Changing the Guard is not entirely ceremonial. It is a tradition that highly trained soldiers guard the King or Queen. These are some of the best soldiers in the British Army and have fought in virtually every major conflict.

Soldiers who have been on duty at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace the 'Old' Guard' are relieved by the 'New Guard'. The strength of the guard is governed by the Queen's presence. If the Royal standard is flying above the palace the Queen is in residence and the guard will be larger.

- 11.00am The St James's Palace detachment is inspected

- 11.00am The Buckingham Palace detachment is inspected

- 11.15am The 'Old Guard' arrives at Buckingham Palace