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The Household Division


The Guards Regiments.

Visitors to London or Windsor are likely to see soldiers of the Household Division guarding Horse Guards, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, as well as taking part in all major State ceremonies. If they have not seen them for real, they will have read about them or seen occasions like Trooping the Colour on television. All Household Division regiments are referred to as Guards regiments.

In 1950 King George VI expressed his desire for The Household Cavalry to be incorporated with the Brigade of Guards and together form the 'Household Division'.
The regiments of The Household Cavalry, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, are two of seven regiments which comprise the Household Division. The other five are Foot Guards and are, in descending order of seniority: the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards.

The Guards are much more than ceremonial troops. The regiments of the Household Division combine their privileged position as the Sovereign's personal troops with a fully combatant role as armoured reconnaissance troops and infantry soldiers.


The Household Division


The Household Division


The Household Division

Soldiers of the Household Division in Afghanistan. Guards regiments are famed for their bravery and professionalism in battle conditions.



The Guards regiments have a long tradition of excellence in battle going back to the seventeenth century, having taken part in all the major campaigns of the British army. In addition, they started the Special Air Service (SAS), provided one of the first battalions of the Parachute Regiment and a squadron of the Long Range Desert Group, formed entire divisions in the Second World War, fought in Aden, Borneo and the Falkland Islands, countered terrorism in Northern Ireland over 38 years, helped to establish peace in Bosnia, and maintain it in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, led the way into central Kosovo, and fought in Iraq. The Household Cavalry Battle Group in Afghanistan in 2007-8 at one time contained members of every regiment of the Household Division. Guards regiments continue on active service today.


The Household Division

The Major General commanding the Household Division, with staff officers on Trooping the Colour.



The Guards have always been famed, whether on active service overseas or at home in the United Kingdom, for adherence to the highest professional standards, smartness, precision, gallantry and loyalty, even under the most trying and dangerous of circumstances. The Household Division is a unique part of the British army, with a world famous reputation for military prowess, always fiercely proud of their elite status which combines full operational military capability with royal duties.


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