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Household Division

Household Division

Coldstream Guards Regiment

Number 7 Company continues the tradition of 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards after it was placed in suspended animation. This photograph shows them on parade for an inspection in 2005 with the Queen’s Colour and Regimental Colour of the 2nd Battalion. 


The origins of the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards lay in Cromwell’s ‘New Model Army’ as ‘Monck’s Regiment of Foot’ which first mustered near Berwick and fought with distinction at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

General Monck moved his headquarters to Coldstream in 1659 and it was from there that they began their historic march to restore order in London in 1660, in readiness for the exiled King Charles II to restore the monarchy. The Coldstreamers paraded on Tower Hill on 14th February 1661 to become The Lord General’s Regiment of Foot Guards, in the service of the King. Since that day they have proudly served their sovereigns both in a ceremonial role at home and in most major conflicts.

They fought at the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1687, ending the Monmouth Rebellion, during the Nine Years War (1688-1697) against the French, the Siege of Namur, the Seven Years War (1754-1763) and the American War of Independence (1775-1783).

Perhaps their finest hours were the defence of Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo, closing of the farmhouse gates, trapping a small French detachment inside the courtyard and stopping further assaults.

Four Coldstreamers were awarded the newly created Victoria Cross following the Crimean War and all three battalions moved to France following the declaration of war in August 1914, the regiment losing nearly four thousand men.

During the Second World War saw the Coldstream fought in numerous battles throughout Europe and North Africa, and since then they have been involved in many peace keeping operations including Palestine, Kenya and Northern Ireland, as well as serving more recently in Afghanistan.

The regiment traditionally recruits from the north-east of England where it originated, and from the south west where Monck had lived. It can be distinguished on parade by red plumes on the right of the bearskins, the Garter star on the collar, and buttons spaced in twos as the second regiment of foot guards, a position they have never accepted as they are older than the Grenadier Guards, hence the motto Nulli Secundus or Second to None.

Nulli Secundus - Second to None

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