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The UniformsThe Life Guards wear scarlet tunics, helmets with white plumes and white leather breeches. White crossbelts with a red flash- cord running down the centre are worn over the left shoulder.

The steel cuirass of breast and back plates, worn by both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, is the only body armour still worn by any British soldier. The present form of cuirass dates from the reign of George IV and although the 2nd Life Guards wore a black japanned form of it at a royal review in 1814, there is no evidence that it has been worn in battle since the late 17th century.
The Life GuardsWith a proud tradition of over three centuries of service as a Body Guard to the Sovereign, The Life Guards are the senior, though not the oldest, Regiment of the British Army. At the end of the Civil War, a number of Royalists followed Prince Charles (later King Charles II) into exile and in Holland, 80 of them were organized into a body of Life Guards, of whom 20 were always on duty to guard the Royal residence or escort Charles. By the time of the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, their number had increased to 600, organized into three troops - the King's Troop, The Duke of York's Troop and the Duke of Albemarle's Troop. A fourth troop was raised in Scotland soon after the Restoration. At this stage The Life Guards were known as The Horse Guards or Life Guard of Horse.
The GuardsSoldiers of the Household Division are renowned for the unique proficiency with which they carry out ceremonial duties. Yet, while upholding the traditions of the past, the Household Division has mastered the skill of modern soldiering with confidence, and their soldiers are equally at home in tanks, armoured cars or parachuting.
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“You can state most emphatically that Scotland Yard is really no wiser on the subject than it was fifteen years ago. ”
Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, Pall Mall Gazette, 1903
Theories
“We were almost lost in theories, there were so many of them”.
Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, Cassell’s Saturday Journal, May 1892
More Suspects
“Some say it was Old Nick himself
Or else a Russian Jew,
Some say it was a “cannibal” from the
Isle of Kickaiboo.”
Contemporary rhyme
Suspects
“We are inundated with suggestions and names of suspects.”
Sir Charles Warren, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
“When will they lern, Dear ol Boss?”THE NAME “JACK THE RIPPER” first appeared in a series of communications in September 1888, the “Boss” concerned being that of the Central News Agency, to whom they were addressed.

The first verifiably genuine letter to have used the “Ripper” signature was dated 25 September.
Detection: Disagreement and Despondency
“Who chased Cock Warren?”
“I”, said the Home Sparrow,
“With my views cramped and narrow,
I chased Cock Warren”.”
Punch, November 1888
Another murder of a character even more diabolical than that perpetrated in Buck’s Row, on Friday week, was discovered in the same neighbourhood, on Saturday morning.

At about six o’clock a woman was found lying in a back yard at the foot of a passage leading to a lodging-house in a Old Brown’s Lane, Spitalfields. The house is occupied by a Mrs. Richardson, who lets it out to lodgers, and the door which admits to this passage, at the foot of which lies the yard where the body was found, is always open for the convenience of lodgers. A lodger named Davis was going down to work at the time mentioned and found the woman lying in her back close to the flight of steps leading into the yard. Her throat was cut in a fearful manner.