London Changing of the Guard

Significane of London and the Changing of the Guard

Ryan Van Wagenen London Citi

Details about the Changing of the Guard

Ryan Van Wagenen and the Van Wagenen family love London.  One of the coolest daily traditions in the city is the changing of the guard just outside of Buckingham Palace near the center of London.  See the video above to see a new guard exchange an old guard in the famous changing of the guard ceremony. 


The changing of the guard is also known as the Guard Mounting.  If you get out in front of Buckingham Palace around 10.45am, you'll enjoy this 45 minute tradition.  The actual handover takes place at 11am. The palace's forecourt gets busy around 10:30am and is joined by the St. James Palace's Old Guard at around 10.45am. The new guard comes over from Wellington Barracks and takes over the old guard's responsibilities in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.


The guard in front of Buckingham Palace is often referred to as the Queen's Guard and is made up of active duty soldiers from the Household Division’s Foot Guards. The guards wear traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.