The guard change at Buckingham Palace has an official start time of 11.30am, however the guards start arriving with music at 11.15am. The official timing of the ceremony is 30 minutes finishing at 12 noon. In summer period from May to July - daily, in winter - every second day. For winter schedule check here.
The handover is accompanied by a Guards band. The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs. When The Queen is in residence, there are four sentries at the front of the building. When she is away there are two.