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Changing the Guard

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Changing of the Guard

Address/Location

Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 1NJ

Contact

Tel: 020 7321 2233

Fax: 020 7930 9625

The Changing of the Guard is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor.

A band usually accompanies the Guards, although this is subject to weather conditions.

The Guards can be watched as they march up the High Street and into the Castle, but to see the actual ‘changing’ ceremony you need to have paid to go into the Castle.

The Ceremony takes place outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward of the Castle, except during Easter Court (see below).

To watch the Guards march up the High Street takes only 10 minutes; to watch the actual ceremony inside the Castle takes about 30 minutes.

 

Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle from Royal Collection Trust.

Guard March Schedule

The Guard March takes place all year round, dependant on the weather. 

Throughout April 2017 guard mounting will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.

Easter 2017: During Easter Court, when The Queen is in residence at Windsor Castle, the Changing the Guard ceremony location and dates vary slightly. The ceremony will take place in the quadrangle outside the Royal Apartments instead of in the precinct. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will remain the same, however there will be no ceremony on Good Friday, but it will instead take place on Maundy Thursday, 13 April.

May 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th (no musical support), 19th (no musical support), 20th, 22nd (no musical support), 24th (no musical support), 26th (no musical support), 27th, 29th and 31st.

June 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on 2nd, 3rd (no musical support), 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 20th-24th and 26th-30th.

July 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, Monday to Saturday.

August 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The schedule is set by the British Army and is subject to change.  Please check the Royal Collection's website for latest information and for a link to the British Army website.

When to watch the Guard March

The New Guard step off from Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street at approximately 10:45am and march through the Town Centre.

The Changing the Guard Ceremony then takes place in the Lower Ward inside Windsor Castle at 11:00am, except during Easter Court (see above). The sentries are changed throughout the day.

The old Guards then march back to the barracks at about 11:25am.

Local traffic

Please note that traffic is stopped when the guards make their way between the barracks on Sheet Street, along the High Street and into the Castle.

Traffic Wardens and Police control traffic on the following approaches to the centre of town: Thames Street, the junction of Victoria Street and Sheet Street and near the junction of Frances Road and Sheet Street.

Traffic is usually stopped between 10:45am and 11:00am (as the guards march to the Castle) and between 11:15am and 11:30am (as they return to the Barracks).

You can also find out more information about Changing the Guard from the Household Division's website.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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