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Household Cavalry Regiment


Trusted Guardians of the Monarch

The Household Cavalry is a union of the two most senior regiments in the British Army; The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals. It is divided into the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The Household Cavalry Regiment is the operational unit, providing an armoured reconnaissance capability with the state-of-the-art AJAX armoured fighting vehicle. Our soldiers are first are foremost armoured reconnaissance experts but also specialise in other battle winning capabilities, including snipers, anti-tanks, remotely piloted air systems, and information activity.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are the ceremonial face of the regiment, conducting mounted state and public duties in London. Their prestige and horsemanship takes them across the UK and the rest of the world on key international events, all whilst representing the Monarch and the Nation.



Our Role

The Household Cavalry Regiment is an elite cavalry unit, taking part in every major conflict since 1660. This rich history and wealth of experience shapes who we are today.

Whether mounted on the British Army's flagship new AJAX armoured fighting vehicle, or on the back of a cavalry black horse, our soldiers are the very best at what they do. 

As an armoured reconnaissance regiment, the Household Cavalry operates far ahead of the main body of friendly forces. Their role is to locate and report on the movement and disposition of enemy forces, and engage and destroy enemy reconnaissance elements that are seeking to do do the same. 

From the turret of an AJAX to the back of a horse, the discipline and skill our soldiers are expected to display is exemplary. Our state ceremonial and public duties take us to the streets of London, where our soldiers learn to care for their horse, their kit, and themselves. As guardians of the Monarch and the Nation, we take pride in leading the way in armoured warfare, while maintaining the traditions of those who came before. 


Past to Present

The Household Cavalry Regiment's legacy dates back to 1660 and is formed from four antecedent regiments, The 1st Life Guards, 2nd Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards, and 1st (Royal) Dragoons. In 1922 the 1st and 2nd Life Guards amalgamated forming The Life Guards (LG). In 1969 the Royal Horse Guards and 1st (Royal) Dragoons amalgamated to form The Blues and Royals (RHG/D). In 1992, the LG and RHG/D where joined in union to form the Household Cavalry Regiment as we know it today, serving together but with each maintaining their own distinct regimental identity, uniforms, and traditions. Since 1992, the Household Cavalry Regiment has continued to serve with distinction both at home and abroad


For More information on official Army pages on the Household Cavalry Click Here 


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