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The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. With the Blues and Royals they make up the Household Cavalry. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1283x1638, 412 KB) Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London, England. ... // Size and Composition A regiment is a military unit, larger than a company and smaller than a division. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British military. ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... The term Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth of Nations to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions. ...


They originated in the four troops of horse guards raised by Charles II around the time of his restoration. Membership of these was originally restricted to gentlemen, and accordingly they had no non-commissioned officers; their corporals were commissioned, and ranked as lieutenants in the rest of the army. This state of affairs persisted until 1756. A troop is a military unit, which can have different meanings depending on the country in which it is used. ... Charles II (29 May 1630–6 February 1685) was the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 30 January 1649 (de jure) or 29 May 1660 (de facto) until his death. ... The English Restoration or simply Restoration was an episode in the history of Great Britain beginning in 1660 when the monarchy was restored under King Charles II after the English Civil War. ... The term gentleman (from Latin gentilis, belonging to a race or gens, and man, cognate with the French word gentilhomme, the Spanish hombre gentil, and the Italian gentil huomo), in its original and strict signification, denoted a man of good family, the Latin generosus (its invariable translation in English-Latin... A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), or NCO, is an enlisted member of an armed force who has been delegated leadership or command authority by a commissioned officer. ... Corporal is a military rank in use by several militaries of the world. ... A Lieutenant is a military, paramilitary or police officer. ... 1756 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


The units first saw action at the Battle of Sedgemoor during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. The Battle of Sedgemoor was fought on 6 July 1685. ... The Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, also known as the Pitchfork Rebellion, was an attempt to overthrow the King of England, James II, who became king when his elder brother, Charles II, died on 6 February 1685. ... Events February 6 - James Stuart, Duke of York becomes King James II of England and Ireland and King James VII of Scotland. ...


In 1788, these troops were reorganised into two regiments, the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Life Guards (from 1877, simply 1st Life Guards and 2nd Life Guards). In 1815 they were part of The Heavy Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo. 1788 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1877 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Map of the Waterloo campaign The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, was Napoleon Bonapartes last battle. ...


In 1922 the two regiments were merged into one regiment, the Life Guards. 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1992, as part of the Options for Change defence review, the Life Guards were amalgamated for operational purposes with the Blues and Royals, forming the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured reconnaissance) and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial duties). However they maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Options for Change was a restructuring of the British military in 1993, aimed at cutting defence spending following the end of the Cold War. ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Colonel Colonel is a military rank, usually the highest below general grades, and just above Lieutenant Colonel. ...


In common with the Blues and Royals, they have a peculiar non-commissioned rank structure: see the Household Cavalry page for details. (In brief, they lack sergeants, replacing them with multiple grades of corporal.) The term Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth of Nations to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions. ... This article is about the rank of sergeant. ...


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Life Guards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (419 words)
The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army.
They formed part of the contingent raised by the exiled King Charles II as his contribution to the army of King Philip IV of Spain who were fighting the French and their allies the English Commonwealth under the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell in the Franco-Spanish War and the concurrent Anglo-Spanish War.
In 1992, as part of the Options for Change defence review, the Life Guards were amalgamated for operational purposes with the Blues and Royals, forming the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured reconnaissance) and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial duties).
TRH The Crown Prince Couple - The Royal Danish Life Guards (672 words)
In connection with ordinary guard duty for the Royal House, the Life Guards are dressed in a dark blue uniform, which was introduced as field uniform in 1848.
The tasks of the Life Guards were to protect King Frederik III as head of state and to act as a regiment of combat troops.
In connection with Kongevagt and Løjtnantsvagt (the Lieutenant Guard), the Guard Parade is formed with the Band of the Royal Danish Life Guards, the Corps of Drums and the guard unit at Rosenborg Eksercerplads (drill ground).
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