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Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is an event that it seems like everyone in London is lining up to see. However, this doesn’t mean you need to feel lost in the crowd and miss out on one of the British capital’s oldest and most spectacular traditions. Seeing it is one thing, experiencing it is another, so make sure to look beyond the iconic black bearskin hats and red tunics to discover what it's really all about.

This royal display is the most time-honored rite at Buckingham Palace and takes place either at the Queen’s residence or at Horse Guards Parade, a large grounds on the other side of St. James’s Park. The exact location depends on the day so knowing the schedule is key. We'll make sure you get the best vantage points to witness the precision of the Queen’s Guard marching to Buckingham Palace, as well as admire the gleaming coats of the horses and plumed silver helmets of the Household Cavalry as they emerge.

Sometimes the ceremonies are even accompanied to the tunes of a military marching band, heightening the pomp of the occasion. City Wonders offers a wide range of Royal London, Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard tours with expert local guides so you don’t miss a single step!

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 Changing of the Guard

  • Official start time 11:30 daily

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