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Buckingham Palace

The center piece of Britain’s Constitutional Monarchy

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The Changing of the Guard

The Traditional Ceremony of The Old Guard Changing with the New.

  • Why
  • When
  • Regiments

Why?


Changing of the Guard is one of the oldest and most recognizable ceremonies connected with Buckingham Palace.
The correct name of the ceremony known as Changing the Guard is actually Guard Mounting. In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards.

The Guard which mounts at Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (which is responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace), and the St. James's Palace Detachment, (which guards St. James's Palace).

These guard duties are normally provided by a battalion of the Household Division and occasionally by other infantry battalions or other units.

When


Dates for the changing of the guard at buckingham palace.

The changing of the guard takes place at 1130 on the following dates.

January: 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th.

February: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th.

Regiments


Current regiments involved in the changing of the guard include;
1st Battalion Irish Guards
2nd Battalion The PWRR
Nijmegen Coy Grenadier Guards
F Company Scots Guards