Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle

Windsor Guard Mount

The Windsor Castle guard is provided by the resident regiment of Foot Guards, from the Household Division, in their full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins accompanied by the Guards Band.


Where to see the Guard Change

The new guard, accompanied by the band, march from Victoria barracks, up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, then turn right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue and into the Castle.

The Guard Mount takes place inside Windsor Castle and you will need a ticket to the castle to see the old and new guard exchange duties.

After the Guard Mount the old guard and band return to Victoria barracks, following the same route. See map.


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:


Buckingham Palace

March and April every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

May, June and July - daily

August onwards every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday


Windsor Castle

March and April every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

May, June and July - daily

August onwards every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Windsor Castle Guard Mount Time & Schedule

The New Guard will step off from Victoria Barracks at approximately 1045 hours and march through the Town Centre. The Changing the Guard Ceremony will take place inside Windsor Castle at 1100 hours on the following dates (you will need tickets to get into Windsor Castle):

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:
Please note that this schedule is set by the British Army and is subject to change.

Confirmed schedules are posted toward the end of the current month.


Pre-book tickets for Windsor Castle

Tickets are open-dated and can be used any time.