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The 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 boots are highly polished thigh boots and are still referred to as 'jackboots'. The cloak worn in winter or 'bad weather', covers not only the rider but also protects the haunches of the horse. The cloak worn by The Life Guards is red with a blue collar. The white-metal helmet, with brass ornamentation, is basically the Albert pattern helmet dating from 1842 and the helmet plume is made from horsehair.



The Uniforms

Life Guard Trooper in dismounted dress, without the cuirass. Trumpeters, mounted on grey horse, wear State Dress on State occasions. This Royal Livery, with its richly embroidered velvet coat, dates from the time of Charles II.

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