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The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry now consists of an operational armoured reconnaissance regiment, stationed in Windsor (the Household Cavalry Regiment or HCR) and a mounted ceremonial regiment, stationed in London (the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment or HCMR). The Soldiers of The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals equally mann the HCR and HCMR.

Life Guards

Life Guards Regiment Logo

Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense
"Shame to him who thinks evil of it,” popularly rendered as “Evil be to him who evil thinks”

Formed in 1660, The Life Guards finds origins in a group of loyal gentlemen who accompanied King Charles II to the continent during his exile (1652-59) and formed themselves into a military bodyguard to protect The Sovereign. They escorted His Majesty back to England at the Restoration in 1660. Since then the Regiment has undergone many changes in title and establishment but has always remained the senior regiment of the British Army. As gentlemen served in all ranks, they rejected the term Sergeant (associated with ‘servant’) in favour of Corporal of Horse, a tradition which persists. The troops were re-organised in 1788 into the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Life Guards, and remained as such until 1922, when they were amalgamated into one regiment known as The Life Guards.

The uniform of The Life Guards is distinguishable by their red tunics with white plumes on their helmets.


Blues & Royals

Blues and Royals Regiment Logo

Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense
“Shame to him who thinks evil of it,” popularly rendered as “Evil be to him who evil thinks”

The Blues and Royals was created in 1969 by the amalgamation of two famous cavalry regiments, the Royal Horse Guards and The Royal Dragoons. The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) were descended from a Parliamentary Regiment of Horse, which King Charles II re-raised when founding the Regular British Army in 1661. Always known as The Blues from the colour of their tunics, the Regiment became a favourite of King George III. They were promoted to Household Cavalry status in 1813, although since their formation they had carried out duties similar to those of The Life Guards. The 1st Dragoons (Royals) were originally raised in London in 1661 to form part of the Garrison of Tangiers and were formerly known as the Tangier Horse. On their return to England in 1683, they were re-designated by Charles II as “Our Own Regiment of Dragoons” and granted precedence over all other cavalry regiments of the Line. The Royals also played a distinguished part in the Battle of Waterloo when they captured the Colour of Napoleon’s 105th Infantry Regiment surmounted by an Eagle. This is commemorated today in the uniform of the amalgamated Regiment, by the wearing of an Eagle on the left sleeve of their tunics, and in the Regimental emblem.

The uniform of The Blues and Royals is distinguishable by their blue tunics with red plumes on their helmets.


Foot Guard Regiments


Grenadier Guards

Grenadier Regiment Logo

Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense
“Evil be to him who evil thinks”

Formed 1656 by King Charles II while in exile in Flander, the Grenadier Guards are the most senior infantry regiment in the British Army. The regiment generally recruit from the North West of England. All new Guardsmen go to Nijmegen Company stationed in Wellington Barracks, London, focusing on Public Duties and further development prior to onward posting in Aldershot.
Grenadier Guards wear a white plume on the left side of their bearskin cap.


Coldstream Guards

Coldstream Regiment Logo

Motto: Nulli Secundus
“Second To None”
Formed in 1650, Coldstream are famous for being the oldest regiment in the British Army in continuous service. The regiment generally recruit from the North East and the South West of England. Recruits complete the six month Combat Infantry’s Course at the Infantry Centre, Catterick.
Coldstream guards wear a red plume on the right side of the bearskin and buttons in pairs on the tunic.



Scots Guards

Scots Regiment Logo

Motto: Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
“No One Assails Me With Impunity”
Formed in 1642 by Archibald, 1st Marquis of Argyll on orders of King Charles I, the Scots Guards are the 3rd Regiment of the Foot Guards. All new Scots Guardsmen passing out training are posted to F Company which is based in London. The Scots Guards’ bearskin have no plume and their tunic buttons are grouped in threes.


Irish Guards

Irish Regiments Logo

Motto: Quis Separabit
“Who Shall Separate Us”
The Irish Guards regiment was formed on 1 April 1900 by order of Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who fought in the Second Boer War for the British Empire.
The Irish Guard’s collar is adorned with a shamrock on either side. A St Patrick’s blue plume is worn on the right side of the bearskin and buttons on their tunics are spaced in fours.


Welsh Guards

Welsh Regiment Logo

Motto: Cymru am Byth
“Wales Forever”
The Welsh Guard Regiment was raised on 26 February 1915 by order of King George V to complete the national complement of regiments of Foot Guards identified with the countries of the United Kingdom, the last of the Guards to be created.
Welsh Guards wear their White/Green/White plume on the left side of their bearskins and buttons on their tunic are in fives.



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