The Queen’s Guard are known world over for their iconic uniforms and bearskin caps and standing guard most famously outside Buckingham Palace but also outside St. James Palace. At 11am each day, the guard is changed. The St. James Palace guard walk to meet the Buckingham Palace guards outside the palace itself. They form up and wait until 11.30, at which time the New Guard, marching from their barracks in Birdcage Walk and headed by a marching band and corps of drums replace them. The Old Guard then march back to the barracks after a symbolic handing over of the keys. It really is an event to be witnessed as these guards are intensely disciplined (remember they are real soldiers!) and march, play and snap to attention with pinpoint accuracy. It’s a real testament to the standards and history of the monarch and her guardsmen.
Note: This event occurs at 10am on Sundays.