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Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other means. ... A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - - commanded by a colonel. ...

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British and Commonwealth Units

British Army

The Foot Guards is a group of regiments in the Household Division of the British Army. There have been six regiments of foot guards, all of which still exist apart from the Machine Gun Guards, which was formed during the First World War and disbanded in 1920: A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - - commanded by a colonel. ... Household Division is term used principally in the Commonwealth of Nations to describe a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings, or those military groupings that provide functions associated directly with the Sovereign. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...

While regiments may have other distinguishing features, a simple method of identification is by observing the spacing of buttons on the tunic. The ascending number of buttons also indicates the order in which the regiments were formed, although the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, an ancestor of the Grenadier Guards, is younger than the regiment that now takes the name of the Coldstream Guards; the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army. There are various other methods of telling apart the different regiments - the colour of the plume, and what side it is worn on the bearskin, the collar badge and the shoulder badge. When all five regiments parade together, they are in the order Grenadier Guards on the right flank, then Scots Guards, Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Coldstream Guards on the left flank. This is because, although the Coldstream are ranked second in seniority, their motto is 'Nulli Secundus' ('Second to None'). The Grenadier Guards is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... The Scots Guards are a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division, and have a long and proud history stretching back hundreds of years. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was a regiment of the British Army. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Irish Guards, wearing bearskins, march to the Cenotaph, London, on June 12th 2005 for a service of remembrance for Irish troops For the fairy tale of this title, see Bearskin (fairy tale). ...


                     Grenadier Guards      Scots Guards      Welsh Guards      Irish Guards      Coldstream Guards Image File history File links Grenadier-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Scots-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Welsh-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Irish-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Coldstream-Guards-Cap-Badge. ...


                                                     The five regiments of Foot Guards, lined up as they parade

Foot Guards, wearing bearskins, march to the Cenotaph on June 12th 2005 for a service of remembrance for Irish troops. Their uniform buttons are in groups of four, identifying these soldiers as Irish Guards
Foot Guards, wearing bearskins, march to the Cenotaph on June 12th 2005 for a service of remembrance for Irish troops. Their uniform buttons are in groups of four, identifying these soldiers as Irish Guards

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x1122, 528 KB) Irish Guards, wearing bearskins, march to the Cenotaph (Whitehall, London, England) on June 12th 2005, for a service of remembrance for Irish soldiers. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x1122, 528 KB) Irish Guards, wearing bearskins, march to the Cenotaph (Whitehall, London, England) on June 12th 2005, for a service of remembrance for Irish soldiers. ...

Units of the Foot Guards

  • Grenadier Guards
    • 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards
    • Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards
  • Scots Guards
    • 1st Battalion, Scots Guards
    • F Company, Scots Guards

The first three regiments each have a separate incremental company which keep custody of the colours and traditions of the currently dormant 2nd Battalions. These companies perform ceremonial and security duties whenever the regiment is quartered in London. The Grenadier Guards is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... The Scots Guards are a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division, and have a long and proud history stretching back hundreds of years. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ... The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ... Motto:  (Latin for Who will separate us?)[1] Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (de facto), Ulster Scots, Irish3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of... The Parachute Regiments display team, the Red Devils at an American airshow The Parachute Regiment is the main body of elite airborne troops of the British Army. ... The Royal Green Jackets (RGJ) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, one of two within the Light Division (the other being The Light Infantry). ... The Guards Division of the British Army contains a total of five battalions, one from each of the five regiments of Foot Guards. ... In the days when battle was conducted at close quarters, it was necessary for soldiers to be able to determine where, during the heat of battle, their regiment was. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

 Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace, London
Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace, London

The Foot Guards have a role as the primary garrison for the capital, for the military security of the Sovereign, and for ceremonial duties in London and occasionally elsewhere. Two battalions are appointed for public duties, with a third from a line infantry regiment since 1996 (and occasionally previously). These provide the Queen's Guard, the Tower of London Guard, and sometimes also the Windsor Castle Guard. The Guards Battalions on Public Duties are located in barracks conveniently close to Buckingham Palace for them to be able to reach the Palace very quickly in an emergency. In central London, a battalion is based at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, about 300 yards from Buckingham Palace, and independent companies of the Grenadier, Coldstream, and Scots Guards (all on permanent public duties) are at Chelsea Barracks, three-quarters of a mile away. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1881x1393, 564 KB) Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace, London, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1881x1393, 564 KB) Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace, London, England. ... Look up monarch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Three infantry battalions of the British army are currently tasked with the provision of Public Duties. ... Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St Jamess Palace The Queens Guard and Queens Life Guard are the names given to contingents of cavalry and infantry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. ... The Tower of London, seen from the River Thames, with a view of the water gate called Traitors Gate. ... Windsor Castle: The Round Tower or keep dominating the castle, as seen from the River Thames. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... Also see: Wellington Barracks, Hong Kong The Foot Guards Battalions on public duties in London are located in barracks conveniently close to Buckingham Palace for them to be able to reach the Palace very quickly in an emergency. ... Chelsea Barracks is a British Army barracks located approximately three-quarters of a mile from Buckingham Palace in central London. ...


The Guards Battalion stationed at Windsor generally provides the Windsor Castle Guard. The Windsor battalion is at Victoria Barracks, a quarter of a mile south of the Castle. Windsor Castle: The Round Tower or keep dominating the castle, as seen from the River Thames. ... The Foot Guards Battalion stationed at Windsor generally provides the Windsor Castle Guard. ...


The Guards Division will receive a new battalion following the restructuring of the army in 2004, when the London Regiment becomes the first ever TA Guards unit. The 2003 Defence White Paper, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World sets out the future of the British military, and builds on the 1998 Strategic Defence Review (SDR) and the 2002 SDR New Chapter which responded to the challenges raised by the War on Terror. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Battalions of the London Regiment early 1900s by Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927) The London Regiment is a Territorial Army regiment in the British Army. ... In the United Kingdom the Territorial Army is a part of the British Army composed of reserve units, or part-time soldiers. ...


The Guards Machine Gun Regiment, was raised for service during the First World War. Initially, each brigade of the Guards Division had a machine gun company attached. In 1917, these companies were regimented to form a battalion. Further battalions were formed by conversion of the Household Cavalry regiments, and King George V ordered that the regiment be classified as the Sixth Regiment of Foot Guards, or Machine Gun Guards. However it was disbanded in 1920. The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was a regiment of the British Army. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Dismounted Blues and Royals (left) and Life Guards (right) preparing to line the route of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions, a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings or those military groupings... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, as a result of his creating it from the British branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ...


Order of Precedence

Preceded by:
Royal Corps of Signals
Order of Precedence Succeeded by:
Line Infantry and Rifles

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the purposes of parading, the regular army of the British Army is listed according to an order of precedence. ... The British Armys Infantry is comprised of 55 battalions of Infantry, from 32 Regiments. ...

Canadian Army

There are two foot guards regiments in the Canadian Army, the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. The Canadian Guards was a regiment of the regular army, but was disbanded in 1968. Although the Governor General's Foot Guards has its buttons in pairs, compared to the single buttons of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, it is the more senior regiment; it is affiliated to the Coldstream Guards, and so wears a similar uniform. Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LF) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Armed Forces. ... The Governor Generals Foot Guards is one of three Household regiments in the Canadian Army reserve forces, along with The Governor Generals Horse Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. ... Categories: Stub | Canadian regiments | Guards Regiments ... The Canadian Guards was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army that served in the same role as the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army. ... The Governor Generals Foot Guards is one of three Household regiments in the Canadian Army reserve forces, along with The Governor Generals Horse Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. ... Categories: Stub | Canadian regiments | Guards Regiments ...

Regiment Plume Plume colour Button spacing Collar badge Shoulder badge
British Army
Grenadier Guards Left White Singly Grenade Royal Cypher
Coldstream Guards Right Scarlet Pairs Garter Star Rose
Scots Guards None N/A Threes Thistle Thistle Star
Irish Guards Right Blue Fours Shamrock St Patrick Star
Welsh Guards Left White-Green-White Fives Leek Leek
Canadian Army
Governor General's Foot Guards Left Scarlet Pairs GGFG Guards Star Maple Leaf
Canadian Grenadier Guards Left White Singly Grenade Grenade
Canadian Guards (Disbanded) Left White Singly Crowned Maple Branch Crowned Maple Branch

The Grenadier Guards is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... The insignia of a knight of the Order of the Garter. ... The Scots Guards are a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division, and have a long and proud history stretching back hundreds of years. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... The Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick is an order of chivalry associated with Ireland. ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... Binomial name Allium ampeloprasum (Linnaeus) J. Gay The Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. ... Binomial name Allium ampeloprasum (Linnaeus) J. Gay The Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. ... The Governor Generals Foot Guards is one of three Household regiments in the Canadian Army reserve forces, along with The Governor Generals Horse Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. ... CGG Queen Elizabeth Cap Badge The Canadian Grenadier Guards is the second-most senior infantry regiment in the Canadian Army reserve force. ... The Canadian Guards was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army that served in the same role as the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army. ...

Australia

The Federation Guard is a tri-service Australian ceremonial unit that performs similar functions to the five British and two Canadian regiments of foot guards. The Federation Guard is a tri-service ceremonial unit made up of members from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. ...


India

The Brigade of the Guards is the Indian Army's foot guards regiment, formed through the regimentation of battalions from four of India's senior line infantry regiments. The Brigade of the Guards is an Indian infantry regiment, the only regiment of Foot Guards in the Indian Army formed in 1949 as the first mixed Indian regiment. ... The Indian Army is the largest branch of the Armed Forces of India and has the primary responsibility of conducting land-based military operations. ...


Other nations

Many other nations have regiments of guards in their armies, as the term 'guards' is an honorific to mark out the best soldiers. Most monarchies have at least one regiment of guards, part of whose duties is to guard the Royal Family: Members of the British royal family A royal family is the extended family of a monarch. ...

The sames goes for most republics; for instance: The Royal Danish Life Guards Den Kongelige Livgarde (Royal Life Guards) is an infantry regiment of the Royal Danish Army, formed in 1658. ... Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG) (lit. ... The Royal Danish Army is the army of Denmark. ... Ranks Norwegian military ranks The Norwegian Army (Norwegian: Hæren) is Norways military land force. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers is a regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army; it is one of two, along with the Garderegiment Fusiliers Prinses Irene that is classed as Guards. The regiment was formed in 1995 by the amalgamation of two antecedent regiments: Garderegiment Grenadiers Garderegiment Jagers These two regiments... The Garderegiment Fusiliers Prinses Irene is a regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army, named after Princess Irene, the sister of Queen Beatrix. ... The Royal Netherlands Army (Koninklijke Landmacht) is the land forces element of the Military of the Netherlands. ... Royal Guards: Livgardet-cavalrymen in ceremony at the Royal Palace. ...

Wachbataillon is the German Bundeswehrs elite silent drill team. ... The Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Force,  ) is the organization that controls and administers the armed forces of Germany. ... Greek Evzone soldiers marching in formation Evzones changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Greek Evzones changing guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier Evzones in Athens gaurding the grave of the Unknown Soldier. ... This is a list of presidents of Greece. ... The Landsoldaten (The Foot Soldier) monument in Fredericia, Denmark Throughout history, many soldiers have died in numerous wars without their remains being identified. ... Two republican guards in ceremony uniform in front of a side entrance of the Élysée Palace The French Republican Guard (French: Garde républicaine) is the ceremonial unit of the Gendarmerie Nationale of France. ... The entrance to the Élysée Palace. ... The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a unit of the United States Army which serves as Escort to the President or Presidential Guard. ... The Landsoldaten (The Foot Soldier) monument in Fredericia, Denmark Throughout history, many soldiers have died in numerous wars without their remains being identified. ... [[ Historical Information Arlington National Cemetery Section 27 Facts Pvt. ...

See also

Guard Mounting, or the Changing of the Guard, refers to a formal ceremony in which sentries providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries. ... Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St Jamess Palace The Queens Guard and Queens Life Guard are the names given to contingents of cavalry and infantry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. ...

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British and Commonwealth

  • Grenadier Guards
  • Coldstream Guards
  • Scots Guards
  • Irish Guards
  • Welsh Guards
  • Governor General's Foot Guards
  • The Canadian Grenadier Guards
  • Federation Guard
  • Brigade of the Guards

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Foot Guards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (919 words)
The Foot Guards is a group of regiments in the Household Division of the British Army.
The Foot Guards have a role as the primary garrison for the capital, for the military security of the Sovereign, and for ceremonial duties in London and occasionally elsewhere.
The Brigade of the Guards is the Indian Army's foot guards regiment, formed through the regimentation of battalions from four of India's senior line infantry regiments.
Foot Guards - definition of Foot Guards in Encyclopedia (449 words)
Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments.
The Federation Guard is a tri-service Australian ceremonial unit that performs similar functions to the five British and two Canadian regiments of foot guards.
The President's Guard is the guard unit for the President of Greece.
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