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Horse Guards Parade, London

Horse Guards fronts Horse Guards Parade, the vast parade ground where the Queen takes the salute at the Trooping of The Colour ceremony on her official birthday. The building was designed by William Kent, the then Chief Architect to George II.

House Guards is constantly guarded by troopers of the Household Cavalry. Two mounted cavalry troopers are posted outside daily from 10 am to 4 pm, and are relieved every hour.

The Guard Changing Ceremony takes place each weekday at 11:00am and at 10:00am on Sundays and is performend by The Queen's Life Guard.

The Queen's Life Guard are the mounted troopers of the Household Cavalry who guard the official entrance to St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace outside Horse Guards in Whitehall.

This is a different event from the Changing the Guard ceremony performed at Buckingham Palace.

Opening Times

Guard changing ceremony
Mon-Sat: 11:00
Sun: 10:00
Dismounting Ceremony: daily at 4pm

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Ticket Prices

free to watch

Disabled Facilities

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Telephone: 020 7766 7300

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