Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks

The Royal Military Chapel, commonly known as the Guards' Chapel, is a British Army place of worship that serves as the religious home of the Household Division at the Wellington Barracks in Westminster, Greater London. Completed in 1838 in the style of a Greek temple and re-designed during the 1870s,[2] the first chapel on the site was damaged by German bombing during the Blitz in 1940 and 1941.

The Guards' Chapel
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Alternative namesThe Royal Military Chapel
General information
Architectural styleModernist
Town or cityWestminster, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated9 January 1970
Amended 26 April 2012
Part ofRoyal Military chapel and cloister, south of Birdcage Walk, Wellington Barracks
Reference no.1066441[1]

On Sunday, 18 June 1944, the chapel was hit again, this time by a V-1 flying bomb, during the morning service. The explosion of the bomb collapsed the concrete roof onto the congregation, which left 121 people killed and 141 injured (both military and civilian).

Using the memorials from the old chapel as foundations,[2] a new chapel was built in a Modernist style in 1963. In 1970 the building was made a Grade II* listed building.[1]

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden, dedicated to the memory of Guardsmen lost in the First World War, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 and occupies land next to the chapel.[3]

On the last Tuesday of each month, except in August, the chapel hosts a free 45-minute lunchtime concert featuring a wide variety of music.

The Order of the Garter Banner of FM Lord Alexander of Tunis was transferred from St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, to the Guards' Chapel following his death in 1969.[4]


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Guards Chapel (1066441)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 January 2018
  2. ^ a b Bromley & Bromley 2015, p. 585.
  3. ^ "The Queen leads remembrance events in London". BBC News Online. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Garter Banner Locations" (PDF). St. George's Chapel Windsor. Retrieved 1 November 2021.

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Coordinates: 51°30′01″N 0°08′08″W / 51.5003°N 0.1356°W / 51.5003; -0.1356