Marvel at the guards protecting the Crown Jewels
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See the sentries posted outside the Jewel House and The Queen’s House. Marvel at their military dress, unique to each regiment.
The Tower Guard take part in the three daily ceremonies: the Ceremonial Opening, the Ceremony of the Word and the Ceremony of the Keys.
During the Ceremony of the Keys, armed guards provide an escort for the Chief Yeoman Warder. Performed at exactly 21:52 every night for hundreds of years, this ancient ceremony locks the outer gates of the fortress for the night. The keys are delivered to the monarch's representative in the Tower, the Resident Governor.
Please be aware that sentries on duty are serving military personnel.
Visitors are advised to be respectful and stand clear when the guards are marching and performing their official duties.
Five Regiments of Foot Guards in the Household Division perform ceremonial public duties at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Windsor Castle. They are:
Other UK and Commonwealth regiments have also performed public duties at the Tower.