If there’s one attraction in the royal city of London that takes us back to the times we only read about in history books, it has to be the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. During the event, the Guard currently on duty at the palace are handing over the job to the new Guard. This is also known as Guard Mounting.
The Changing the Guard routine is colorful, musical and simply amazing. If you are visiting London, you have to catch up with this at least once. The best part is? – It’s free. But you do need to know what time is happening, otherwise, you’ll be waiting around for a long time.
Schedule Of Changing The Guard
The Changing The Guard schedule changes throughout the season. In usually starts at 11:30 and last for 45 minutes.
January to March: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
April to July: every day
August: alternate days
However, the ceremony schedule can be altered or even canceled due to external circumstances such as weather or other major events. You can check the schedule for when visiting here.
What happens during the Guard Mounting?
The Old Guard starts forming in front of the Buckingham Palace around 11am. At 11:15 the St James’ Palace Old Guard join them. The Changing of the Guard happens when the New Guard arrives from Wellington Barracks at 11:30 and takes over the duty of guarding the palace.
Although this is a stunning ceremony to watch, it’s important to note that the guard is made of actual soldiers who are on duty to protect the Queen.
Here’s a sneak peak at the ceremony by a Youtuber:
Let’s also see behind the scenes on Instagram:
You can find more details about the Changing the Guard here.