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Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St James's Palace
Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St James's Palace

The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. The British Army had regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards predating the English Restoration (1660), and since the reign of King Charles II these have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign Palaces. Image File history File links Sentry posted outside St Jamess Palace on Pall Mall Taken by Phillip Barlow in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Sentry posted outside St Jamess Palace on Pall Mall Taken by Phillip Barlow in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 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. ... Soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback in combat are commonly known as cavalry (from French cavalerie). ... This is a list of residences occupied by the British Royal family, noting the seasons of the year they are traditionally occupied. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Horse Guards is also a large building on Whitehall, at the eastern end of Horse Guards Parade. ... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ... King Charles II, the first monarch to rule after the English Restoration. ... Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was the King of England, King of Scots, and King of Ireland from 30 January 1649 (de jure) or 29 May 1660 (de facto) until his death. ...

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Operating area

The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard is mounted at the royal residences that come under the operating area of the British Army's London District, which is responsible for the administration of the Household Division. This covers Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the Tower of London, as well as Windsor Castle. The Queen's Guard is also mounted at the sovereign's other official residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but not as regularly as in London. In Edinburgh, the guard is the responsibility of the resident infantry battalion at Redford Barracks. It is not mounted at the Queen's private residences at Sandringham or Balmoral. London District is the name given by the British Army to the area of operations encompassing London and the M25. ... 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. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... Main entrance of St Jamess Palace, London St Jamess Palace is one of Londons oldest and most historic palaces. ... Her Majestys Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically simply as The Tower), is a historic monument in central London, England on the north bank of the River Thames. ... Windsor castle, a thousand-year-old fortress transformed into a royal palace. ... Holyrood Palace The Palace of Holyroodhouse, more commonly known as Holyrood Palace, originally founded as a monastery by David I of Scotland in 1128, has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 15th century. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Redford Infantry Barracks are located on Colinton Road east of the suburb of Colinton in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Sandringham House is a country house on 8000 acres (32 km²) of land near the village of Sandringham, Norfolk, which is privately owned by the British Royal Family. ... Balmoral Castle. ...


Queen's Guard

The guard commanders from the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Grenadier Guards
The guard commanders from the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Grenadier Guards

The Queen's Guard is the name given to the contingent of infantry responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace (including Clarence House) in London. The guard is made up of a company of soldiers from a single regiment, which is split in two, providing a detachment for Buckingham Palace and a detachment for St James's Palace. Because the Sovereign's official residence is still St James's, the guard commander (called the 'Captain of the Guard') is based there, as are the regiment's colours. When the Sovereign is in residence, the Queen's Guard numbers three officers and 40 other ranks, with four sentries each posted at Buckingham Palace (on the forecourt) and St James's Palace (two at the main entrance in Pall Mall, two in Friary Court). This reduces to three officers and 31 ORs, with two sentries each when the Sovereign is not in residence[1]. The Queen's Guard is not purely ceremonial in nature. They provide sentries during the day and night, and during the latter hours they patrol the grounds of the Palace. Until 1959, the sentries at Buckingham Palace were stationed outside the fence. This stopped following an incident involving a female tourist and a Coldstream Guardsman - due to the continued pestering of tourists and sightseers, the guardsman kicked the tourist on the ankle as he marched. The tourist made a complaint to the police and, despite sympathy, the sentry was confined to barracks for ten days. Not long after, the sentries were moved inside the fence[2] Image File history File links Royal Canadian Regiment on guard at Buckingham Palace Taken from CBC News This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links Royal Canadian Regiment on guard at Buckingham Palace Taken from CBC News This work is copyrighted. ... 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. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... St Jamess Palace and The Mall by Jan Kip, 1715. ... Clarence House, London Clarence House is a royal home in London, situated in The Mall. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 100-200 soldiers. ... A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - - commanded by a colonel. ... The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ... 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. ... Pall Mall is a street in the City of Westminster, London. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Postings

At any one time, three infantry battalions are posted for public duties; two of these are Guards battalions (one based at Wellington Barracks next to Buckingham Palace and one at Victoria Barracks in Windsor), while the third is a line infantry unit (based at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow). In addition, there are three incremental companies based at Chelsea Barracks. All of these units come under the administrative authority of London District - as public duties units, they not only take part in ceremonial, but are also committed to providing military aid to the civilian authorities. In military terminology, a battalion consists of two to six companies typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. ... Three infantry battalions of the British army are currently tasked with the provision of Public Duties. ... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ... 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. ... The Foot Guards Battalion stationed at Windsor generally provides the Windsor Castle Guard. ... Cavalry Barracks is a British Army installation located on Hounslow Heath in Hounslow. ... The Guards Division of the British Army contains a total of five battalions, one from each of the five regiments of Foot Guards. ... Chelsea Barracks is a British Army barracks located approximately three-quarters of a mile from Buckingham Palace in central London. ...


Foot Guards

The guard is usually found from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards: Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ...

Grenadier
Guards
Coldstream
Guards
Scots
Guards
Irish
Guards
Welsh
Guards







However, any unit that has sworn allegiance to the Monarch can provide the guard. On many occasions, the Gurkhas, RAF Regiment and Royal Marines have provided the guard, while a handful of units from Commonwealth Realms have also done so (see below). 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. ... Image File history File links Grenadier-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Coldstream-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Scots-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Irish-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Image File history File links Welsh-Guards-Cap-Badge. ... Gurkha Soldiers (1896) Wives and children of Gurkha Soldiers (1896) Gurkha (or Gorkha) are a people from Nepal who take their name from the former city-state of Gorkha, which went on to found the Kingdom of Nepal later on. ... The Royal Air Force Regiment (RAF Regt) is a specialist corps within the Royal Air Force, responsible for capturing and defending airfields and associated installations. ... The Royal Marines (RM), are the Royal Navys elite fighting forces. ... A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the 16 sovereign states that recognize Queen Elizabeth II as their Queen and head of state. ... Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St Jamess Palace The Queens Guard and Queens Life Guard are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. ...

Sentries of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles relieve sentries of the Scots Guards

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x610, 78 KB)Members of the 10th Gurkha Rifles posted outside Buckingham Palace From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x610, 78 KB)Members of the 10th Gurkha Rifles posted outside Buckingham Palace From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

Gurkhas, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment

The following is a list of units of the Gurkhas and Royal Marines to have mounted the Queen's Guard since the Second World War[3]

Unit Date
1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles Dec 1971
1st Battalion, 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles Oct 1973
2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles
(The Sirmoor Rifles)
Nov 1975
1st Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles Aug 1977
41 Commando, Royal Marines Nov 1978
42 Commando, Royal Marines Jul 1986
1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles Aug 1996
Unlike the Gurkhas and the Royal Marines, the RAF Regiment
has a dedicated ceremonial unit, the Queen's Colour Squadron.
It is this that represents the RAF whenever it provides the
Queen's Guard.

From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 7th Duke of Edinburghs Own Gurkha Rifles started as a regiment of the British Indian Army, before being transferred to the British Army following Indias independence. ... From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 10th Princess Marys Own Gurkha Rifles was originally a regiment of the British Indian Army. ... From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 2nd Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) was a British Indian Army then British Army regiment. ... From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 6th Queen Elizabeths Own Gurkha Rifles was a regiment of the British Indian Army, before being transferred to the British Army following Indias independence. ... Badge of the Royal Marines This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... Badge of the Royal Marines This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... From [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. ... Image File history File links RAFRegtbadge. ... The Queens Colour Squadron is a unit of the RAF Regiment. ...

Line Infantry

Sentries of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment being posted at Windsor
Sentries of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment being posted at Windsor
Robson Green as Fusilier Tucker of the fictional King's Own Fusiliers on public duties in London
Robson Green as Fusilier Tucker of the fictional King's Own Fusiliers on public duties in London

Prior to Options for Change, because there were a total of eight guards battalions, it was rare for battalions of line infantry to mount the Queen's Guard and, as such, was a significant honour. Before 1996, only two battalions had served on public duties as part of an operational tour in London District[4]. However, when the 2nd Battalions of the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards were put in suspended animation, a decision to replace one of the three Foot Guard battalions then engaged on public duties by a line infantry battalion was taken, so as to enable the Foot Guards battalion to increase the proportion of its effort employed on training for operational roles. Since 1996, a line infantry battalion has been stationed at Hounslow under the command of London District[5]: Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 602 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Queens Guard... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 602 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Queens Guard... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1133x1695, 336 KB)Robson Green as Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier Scanned from Soldier Soldier: The Regiment Files by Geoff Tibballs. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1133x1695, 336 KB)Robson Green as Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier Scanned from Soldier Soldier: The Regiment Files by Geoff Tibballs. ... Robson Green with Francesca Annis as pictured on the DVD release of Reckless Robson Green (born December 18, 1964) is a British actor who first came to prominence in the BBC series Casualty, but made his name as Fusilier Dave Tucker of the Kings Fusiliers in Soldier Soldier. ... Options for Change was a restructuring of the British military in 1993, aimed at cutting defence spending following the end of the Cold War. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Three infantry battalions of the British army are currently tasked with the provision of Public Duties. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

1st Battalion, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment 1986-1988
1st Battalion, King's Regiment 1992-1994
1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales
(24th/41st Foot)
1996-1997
1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment
(West Riding)
1998-2000
1st Battalion, Devonshire and Dorset
Regiment
2000-2001
1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire,
Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
2002-2005
1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood
Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)
2005-2007[6]
2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment
(Worcesters and Foresters)
2007-2008

During series 4 of the ITV television series Soldier Soldier, the fictional regiment portrayed in the series, the King's Own Fusiliers, was posted to London District to perform public duties. Image File history File links Cheshire-Cap-Badge. ... The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment is an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Kings-Badge. ... The Kings Regiment was a regiment of the British Army, part of the Kings Division. ... Image File history File links RRW.jpg Cap badge of the Royal Regiment of Wales From [1] This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... The Royal Regiment of Wales is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... Image File history File links DWR_Cap_Badge_Brass. ... Official name The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Riding) Colonel-in-Chief Brigadier His Grace Arthur Valerian Wellesley KG LVO OBE MC BA DL, 8th Duke of Wellington Colonel-of-the-Regiment Major-General Sir Evelyn John Webb-Carter KCB Nicknames The Dukes, The Havercake Lads, The Pattern, The... Image File history File links D&D.JPG Cap badge of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment From [1] This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (usually known as the Devon and Dorset Regiment or just the Devon and Dorsets) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Rgbw. ... The Wardrobe in Salisbury houses the RGBW regimental museum. ... Image File history File links WSF.jpg Cap badge of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters From [1] This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Mercian Regiment is one of the new large infantry regiments of the British Army. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... Soldier Soldier was a British television drama series. ... Official name The Kings Own Fusiliers Colonel-in-Chief Colonel Nicknames Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense Anniversaries Marches Description Infantry regiment (fictional) Creation date 1994 Reason for creation Formed by the amalgamation of two regiments due to the Options for Change defence cuts The Kings Own...


Windsor Castle and The Tower of London

Detachment of the Irish Guards formed on the quadrangle of Windsor Castle
Detachment of the Irish Guards formed on the quadrangle of Windsor Castle

One of the public duties battalions or incremental companies is responsible for providing the guard at Windsor Castle. The location of the ceremony at Windsor varies; in the summer, when the Queen is in residence it usually takes place on the lawn in the Castle's quadrangle. In wet weather or winter to protect the lawn, or when the Queen is not in residence, the ceremony occurs outside the Guardroom by Henry VIII's Gateway at the foot of Castle Hill. Image File history File links The Windsor Castle guard detatchment formed up. ... Image File history File links The Windsor Castle guard detatchment formed up. ... Three infantry battalions of the British army are currently tasked with the provision of Public Duties. ... Windsor castle, a thousand-year-old fortress transformed into a royal palace. ... Summer is a season of the year that is defined as beginning in June, and ending in September in the Northern Hemisphere. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... Silver groat of Henry VIII, minted c. ...

Old and new sentries (Coldstream Guards and Queen's Colour Squadron) posted at the Tower of London
Old and new sentries (Coldstream Guards and Queen's Colour Squadron) posted at the Tower of London

A detachment of the regiment on guard at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace is also responsible for providing the guard at the Tower of London. As the Tower is still officially a royal residence, and is also the location of the crown jewels, it remains the army's obligation to guard it. The Tower guard numbers one officer, 6 NCOs and 15 soldiers, and usually posts a sentry outside the Jewel House and one outside the Queen's House. As the protection of the Tower is their responsibility (in conjunction with the Yeomen Warders, and the Jewel House wardens), the guard must also see it is secure at night. (see Ceremony of the Keys). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 485 KB)Old and new sentries posted outside the Jewel House of the Tower of London. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 485 KB)Old and new sentries posted outside the Jewel House of the Tower of London. ... Her Majestys Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically simply as The Tower), is a historic monument in central London, England on the north bank of the River Thames. ... Coronation Chair and Regalia of England The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at various other state functions. ... The Jewel House in the Tower of London is both a building and an institution. ... A Beefeater in everyday undress uniform Yeoman Warder The Yeomen Warders of Her Majestys Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, popularly known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. ... The Jewel House in the Tower of London is both a building and an institution. ... London The Ceremony of the Keys is an ancient ceremony that takes place every night at the Tower of London. ...

Edinburgh

A sentry of the Royal Regiment of Scotland posted on the Esplanade outside Edinburgh Castle
A sentry of the Royal Regiment of Scotland posted on the Esplanade outside Edinburgh Castle

The Guard is also mounted in Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, and at Edinburgh Castle. Unlike in London, there is no Guards battalion permanently based in the city, so the guard is provided by whichever the resident infantry battalion is at Redford Barracks in the city. The guard is not mounted throughout the year - it is usually mounted daily during the week that the Queen spends at the palace (prior to her summer break at Balmoral), and during the Lord Commissioner's Week. Until 2002, sentries were permanently posted on the Esplanade at the entrance of the castle, ostensibly as the guards to the Honours of Scotland housed inside. The sentries were changed every hour. However, cutbacks in the size of the army led to the permanent castle guard being abolished - now, the guard is mounted at the same time as the guard at the Palace, or when there is a royal visitor to Edinburgh. Sentries are also posted during the month of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, usually from a unit that has an anniversary from the year. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Holyrood Palace The Palace of Holyroodhouse, more commonly known as Holyrood Palace, originally founded as a monastery by David I of Scotland in 1128, has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 15th century. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots3 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  -  First Minister Jack McConnell... The castle from below (2003) Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress which from its position on Castle Rock, dominates views of the city of Edinburgh, and is Scotlands most famous landmark. ... Balmoral Castle. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Honours of Scotland, also known as the Scottish regalia and the Scottish crown jewels, dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, are the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. ... The 2005 Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrated Trafalgar 200 The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a show given by military bands and display teams in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. ...


As part of the reorganisation of the infantry, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Royal Regiment of Scotland (the Royal Scots Borderers and Royal Highland Fusiliers) will be permanently based in Edinburgh, rotating between 19 Light Brigade or 52 Infantry Brigade. Whichever battalion is assigned to 52 Brigade would then be responsible for performing public duties in Edinburgh. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior line infantry regiment and only Scottish regiment of the British Army Infantry. ... The Royal Scots Borderers is the name given to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. ... The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margarets Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) was a regular Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division, and known (for short) as The RHF. The regiment was formed on 20th January 1959 by the (then) controversial amalgamation of the Royal...


Incidents

The Queen's Guard is an operational posting, with the primary purpose of protecting the Sovereign. However, there have been a handful of incidents over the years when this protection has been tested; in 1982, a man named Michael Fagan was able to evade the sentries stationed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and make his way to the Queen's bedroom, before he was captured by police. In this instance, security of the Queen's room was the task of the Metropolitan Police. In 2004, a member of the pressure group Fathers4Justice spent 5 1/2 hours standing on the parapet by the balcony at the front of Buckingham Palace (See Fathers 4 Justice Buckingham Palace protest). Again, the security was the primary responsibility of the Metropolitan Police; although the Queen was not present at the time, it raised fears of the possibility of a terrorist attack on the palace, and gave rise to calls for the army to be given a greater hand in the overall security of the Royal Family. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Fagan was the intruder who broke into Buckingham Palace and entered Queen Elizabeth IIs bedchamber in the early hours of July 9, 1982. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the Home Office police force responsible for Greater London, with the exception of the square mile of the City of London. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fathers 4 Justice (sometimes abbreviated to F4J) is a campaigning group in the United Kingdom which works for fathers rights. ... Jason Hatch protesting on the palace ledge The Fathers 4 Justice Buckingham Palace protest was an incident that took place in London, England on September 13, 2004. ... Metropolitan Police redirects here. ...

Marcus Sarjeant (born 1964, from Capel le Ferne, near Folkestone, Kent) fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II as she rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1981, when he was aged 17. ...

Arms Plot

Battalions on public duties are part of the regular arms plot; this is where infantry battalions are periodically rotated to various locations and different roles. From approximately 2006, the arms plot system will cease — battalions will be given fixed roles and locations. In theory, this will include public duties in London, which will retain its two guards and one line infantry battalion. However, for unpopular postings (including public duties), light role infantry battalions will continue to rotate. In the case of public duties in London, the four Guards battalions will rotate every two years, while the line infantry battalion will rotate with battalions assigned to 52 Infantry Brigade and British Forces Cyprus. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. ... The British 52nd Infantry Brigade is a British Army formation that has existed on and off since the early years of this century. ... UK Sovereign Base Areas (red) British Forces Cyprus is the name given to the British armed forces stationed in the UK sovereign base areas of Dhekelia and Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus. ...


Women and the Guard

In the British Armed Forces, women are not permitted to serve in combat units (that is cavalry and infantry). They are however permitted to serve in combat support units, which are units that provide second and third line support to front line combat units. Combat support includes artillery, engineers, air support, logistic support and other services. In April 2007, the first serving women in the British Army served on detachments of the Queen's Guard when the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery took over the guard at Windsor Castle, while the Army Air Corps took on public duties in London. [7] Soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback in combat are commonly known as cavalry (from French cavalerie). ... 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. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... A Kings Troop sentry outside Horse Guards The Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army. ... The Army Air Corps is a component of the British Army. ...


This is not the first occasion that women have provided the Queen's Guard. In 2000, the Australian Federation Guard performed public duties in London for a month, and included several women amongst its number[8]. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ...


Commonwealth Units to have mounted the King's/Queen's Guard

The Toronto Scottish Regiment mounting the King's Guard
The Toronto Scottish Regiment mounting the King's Guard

The following is a list of units from the British Empire and Commonwealth to have mounted the King's Guard/Queen's Guard[9]. Image File history File links Torontoscottishkingsguard. ... Image File history File links Torontoscottishkingsguard. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as The Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states all of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom, except for Mozambique and the United Kingdom itself. ...

Unit Country Date
117th (Eastern Townships) Battalion,
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Canada Sep 1916
Canadian Coronation Contingent Canada May 1937
Australian Coronation Contingent Australia May 1937
Royal 22e Régiment Canada Apr 1940
Toronto Scottish Regiment Canada Apr 1940
The Royal Canadian Regiment Canada Apr 1940
Canadian Coronation Contingent Canada May 1953
Australian Coronation Contingent Australia May 1953
South African Coronation Contingent South Africa
Jun 1953
New Zealand Coronation Contingent New Zealand Jun 1953
Ceylon Coronation Contingent Ceylon Jun 1953
Pakistan Coronation Contingent Pakistan Jun 1953
Royal New Zealand Artillery
Detachment Commander, Maj S. Cocks
New Zealand 1964
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Detachment Commander, LtCol J.P. Salter MC
Australia Apr 1988
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry

Detachment Commander, Maj I. Hunt
Canada Apr-May 1998
2nd Battalion, Jamaica Regiment Jamaica Apr 1999
Australian Federation Guard[10]
plus the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon
Detachment Commander, Capt C. Anderson
Australia Jul 2000
2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment[11]
Detachment Commander, Maj J. Fife
Canada Sep 2000
Royal Gibraltar Regiment[12] Gibraltar Mar 2001

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Changing of the Queen's Guard

The Ensigns parade the Colours; the Old Guard is from the Scots Guards, while the New Guard is formed from the Queen's Colour Squadron
The Ensigns parade the Colours; the Old Guard is from the Scots Guards, while the New Guard is formed from the Queen's Colour Squadron

The Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The St. James' Palace detachment of the Queen's Guard, led usually by a Corps of Drums, and bearing the Colour (if the Queen is in residence, then this will be the Queen's Colour; if she is not, then it is the Regimental Colour), marches along the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where the Buckingham Palace detachment has formed up to await their arrival. These two detachments are the Old Guard. Meanwhile the New Guard is forming up and are awaiting inspection by the Adjutant on the parade square at Wellington Barracks. The Band, having been inspected by the Adjutant, forms a circle to play music whilst the New Guard is inspected. The Guard provides a full Military Band consisting of no fewer than 35 musicians (usually, though not always, from one of the Guards regiments) accompanied by their Director of Music. When the New Guard is formed up, led by the Band, it marches across into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Once there, the New Guard advances towards the Old Guard in slow time and halts. The Old Guard presents arms, followed by the New Guard presenting arms. The Captains of the Guards march towards each other for the handing over of the Palace keys. The new reliefs are marched to the guardrooms of Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace where new sentries are posted. The old and new guards formed at Buckingham Palace File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The old and new guards formed at Buckingham Palace File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Bass drum made from wood rope and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group, technically classified as a membranophone. ... // Origins The practice of carrying standards, to act both as a rallying point for troops, and to mark the location of the commander, is thought to have originated in Egypt some 5,000 years ago. ... Marching Naval Construction Battalion NMCB-1 (Seabees) 370th Infantry Regiment walking toward the mountains at north of Prato - April 1945 (Gothic Line) Marching (drill) refers to the organised and uniformed rhythmic walk to march music, often associated with military troops and parades. ... 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. ... An adjutant (from the Latin adiutans, present participle of the verb adiutare, to help; the Romans actually used adiutor for the noun) is an officer who assists a more senior officer. ... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ...

The sentries being posted. The Old Guard is from the Coldstream Guards; the New Guard is from the Australian Federation Guard
The sentries being posted. The Old Guard is from the Coldstream Guards; the New Guard is from the Australian Federation Guard

During this time the Band has taken its place by the centre gate, formed up in a half-circle, where it plays music to entertain the New and Old Guard as well as the watching crowds. During this period, the two regimental colours are paraded up and down by the Ensigns (usually junior officers of 2nd Lieutenant rank or equivalent). With the Old and New Guards formed up once again, the Old Guard and the Band marches out through the centre gates in slow time to their Regimental Slow march played by the Band. At the end of the slow march the Captain of the Old Guard gives the word of command to 'Break into Quick Time' and with a brisk five pace roll from the drums, the Band leads the way back to Wellington Barracks. The Queens Guard at Buckingham Palace, with No 7 Company Coldstream Guards being replaced by elements of Australias Federation Guard. ... The Queens Guard at Buckingham Palace, with No 7 Company Coldstream Guards being replaced by elements of Australias Federation Guard. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ...

Queen's Guard - Monthly Schedule

During any given month, as many as five different units can be assigned to the Queen's Guard. These are the schedules for the Queen's Guard from July-December 2005[13]:

Date July August September October November December
1st 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards
2nd 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
3rd 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards F Company, Scots Guards
4th Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Irish Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
5th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
6th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
7th Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards
8th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Irish Guards 1st Bn, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
9th Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards
10th 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Irish Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
11th Queen's Colour Squadron 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
12th Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
13th Queen's Colour Squadron 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards
14th Nijmegen Coy, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
15th Queen's Colour Squadron 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards
16th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
17th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
18th Queen's Colour Squadron 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
19th 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Irish Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards
20th Queen's Colour Squadron 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
21st No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 1st Bn, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
22nd Queen's Colour Squadron 48 Hour Guard No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard
23rd No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards
24th F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grendier Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 72 Hour Guard
25th No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard F Company, Scots Guards 72 Hour Guard
26th F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards
27th Queen's Colour Squadron 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard
28th F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards
29th Queen's Colour Squadron 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 48 Hour Guard 1st Bn, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard
30th F Coy, Scots Guards 48 Hour Guard No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards 48 Hour Guard No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards
31st No 7 Coy, Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, Irish Guards 48 Hour Guard 72 Hour Guard

In 2005-06, the public duties battalions were changed; the 1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment was replaced by the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) at Hounslow in the summer of 2005, while in April 2006 the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards replaced the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards at Wellington Barracks and the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards was replaced at Windsor by the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Due to the time required for working up into the public duties role, the Queen's Colour Squadron, which is a readily available ceremonial unit based at RAF Uxbridge, was drafted into the schedule for July 2005, replacing the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, and again in March 2006, while the Coldstream Guards worked up to its public duties role. It can be assumed that the Queen's Colour Squadron will continue until the Welsh Guards are ready to assume public duties. The Queen's Colour Squadron are also available when a battalion is deployed on operations; this is due to the infantry battalions based in London District being made available for operational deployments at any time. In late 2006, the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards was deployed for a six month tour to Bosnia, while in early 2007 the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment was placed on standby to be deployed to Afghanistan. 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 Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... The Queens Colour Squadron is a unit of the RAF Regiment. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... 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. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Wardrobe in Salisbury houses the RGBW regimental museum. ... The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... 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 Queens Colour Squadron is a unit of the RAF Regiment. ... RAF Uxbridge is a Royal Air Force station in Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon. ... Motto: none Anthem: Intermeco Bosnia and Herzegovina() on the European continent()  —  [] Capital (and largest city)  Sarajevo Official languages Bosnian Croatian Serbian Government Parliamentary democracy  -  Presidency members NebojÅ¡a Radmanović1 Haris Silajdžić2 Željko KomÅ¡ić3  -  Chairman of the Council of Ministers Nikola Å pirić  -  High Representative Christian Schwarz...

The New Guard, formed from the Grenadier Guards, marches out of Buckingham Palace to St James' Palace
The New Guard, formed from the Grenadier Guards, marches out of Buckingham Palace to St James' Palace

The guard is changed daily at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle from April to July. From August to March, the guard is changed at both sites on alternate days. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1977x1317, 544 KB) Guards march out of Buckingham Palace (London, England) at the end of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1977x1317, 544 KB) Guards march out of Buckingham Palace (London, England) at the end of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. ...


Changing of the Windsor Castle Guard

The ceremony for changing the Windsor Guard is broadly the same as that which takes place at Buckingham Palace. At 10.40am, the New Guard marches from Victoria Barracks, through Windsor and turns onto Castle Hill into the quadrangle of the castle itself, where the Old Guard has formed. Once there, while the band plays and the Ensigns march the colours, the Captain of the Old Guard hands the keys to the Captain of the New Guard. The new sentries are posted, and any special orders given, before the Old Guard is marched back to barracks, and the New Guard takes over. The Foot Guards Battalion stationed at Windsor generally provides the Windsor Castle Guard. ... Windsor (IPA: usually , but also ) is a suburban town and tourist destination in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. ...


The Queen's Life Guard

A sentry of the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery outside Horse Guards
A sentry of the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery outside Horse Guards

The Queen's Life Guard is the mounted guard at the entrance to Horse Guards. Horse Guards is the official main entrance to both St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace (a tradition that stems from the time when The Mall was closed at both ends); however, sentries have been posted there since the Restoration, when the Palace of Whitehall was the main royal residence. The guard is on horseback from 10am until 4pm, with the two sentries changing every hour. From 4pm until 8pm a pair of dismounted sentries remain. At 8pm, the gates of Horse Guards are locked, and a single sentry remains until 7am. Image File history File links Sentry posted outside Horse Guards Taken by Phillip Barlow in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Sentry posted outside Horse Guards Taken by Phillip Barlow in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Horse Guards viewed across Horse Guards Parade Horse Guards is a large building in the Palladian style between Whitehall and Horse Guards Parade. ... The Mall, looking towards Buckingham Palace The Mall (/mæl/) in London is the road running from Buckingham Palace at its western end to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end, where it crosses Spring Gardens, which was where the Metropolitan Board of Works and for... The Palace of Whitehall by Hendrick Danckerts. ...


When The Queen is in London, the Guard consists of 1 Officer, 1 Corporal Major (who carries the Standard), 2 Non-Commissioned Officers, 1 Trumpeter and 10 Troopers. This is known as a Long Guard. When Her Majesty is not resident in London, the Guard is reduced to 2 Non-Commissioned Officers and 10 Troopers. This is known as a Short Guard.


The guard is usually provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, with the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals alternating. When the HCMR leaves London for a month of summer training (and vacation for the horses), the guard is provided by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. Only two other regiments have had the honour of mounting the Queen's Life Guard; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did so leading up to the Coronation of King George VI. Lord Strathcona's Horse did so in 2000 during the same period as the Royal Canadian Regiment provided the Queen's Guard. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is a ceremonial regiment of the British Army. ... Life Guards on parade The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... A Kings Troop sentry outside Horse Guards The Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army. ... British coronations are held in Westminster Abbey. ... George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) (14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and of the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. ...


Commonwealth Units to have mounted the King's/Queen's Life Guard in London

Unit Country Date
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canada 1937
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Canada 2000

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Changing the Queen's Life Guard

The Old Guard, formed from the Blues and Royals passing Buckingham Palace on the way back to barracks

At the time of Guard Changing, the Old Guard forms up on the north side of the enclosure on Horse Guards Parade and the New Guard on the south side. As the New Guard arrives, each Guard carries the Standard and the Trumpeters of both Old and New Guards sound the Royal Salute on the arrival of the New Guard and on the departure of the Old Guard. When both Guards have formed up in the enclosure, the Corporal Major, Senior NCO and the sentries of the first relief of the New Guard leave for the Guard Room which is then handed over. The sentries of the Old Guard, after being relieved, rejoin the remainder of the Old Guard on the north side of the enclosure. The Standard and Trumpeters are only on parade with a Long Guard. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 367 KB)The Old Guard formed by the Blues and Royals passing Buckingham Palace. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 367 KB)The Old Guard formed by the Blues and Royals passing Buckingham Palace. ... Horse Guards Parade, London Horse Guards Parade is a large parade ground off Whitehall in central London. ...

Regiments

Cavalry

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Life Guards on parade The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Cap badge of Lord Strathconas Horse (Royal Canadians) Lord Strathconas Horse (Royal Canadians) is a armoured regiment of the Canadian Forces. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... “Mountie” redirects here. ...

Guards

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... 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. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... 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. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... 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. ...

Gurkhas

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 2nd King Edward VIIs Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) was a regiment of the British Indian Army before being transferred to the British Army on Indias independence. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 6th Queen Elizabeths Own Gurkha Rifles was a regiment of the British Indian Army, before being transferred to the British Army following Indias independence. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 7th Duke of Edinburghs Own Gurkha Rifles started as a regiment of the British Indian Army, before being transferred to the British Army following Indias independence. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 10th Princess Marys Own Gurkha Rifles was originally a regiment of the British Indian Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. ...

Line Infantry

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Kings Regiment was a regiment of the British Army, part of the Kings Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Regiment of Wales is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Official name The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Riding) Colonel-in-Chief Brigadier His Grace Arthur Valerian Wellesley KG LVO OBE MC BA DL, 8th Duke of Wellington Colonel-of-the-Regiment Major-General Sir Evelyn John Webb-Carter KCB Nicknames The Dukes, The Havercake Lads, The Pattern, The... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (usually known as the Devon and Dorset Regiment or just the Devon and Dorsets) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Wardrobe in Salisbury houses the RGBW regimental museum. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior line infantry regiment and only Scottish regiment of the British Army infantry. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Light Infantry is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Light Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Mercian Regiment is one of the new large infantry regiments of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Badge of Le Royal 22e Régiment The Royal 22e Régiment is an infantry regiment and the most famous francophone organization of the Canadian Forces. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... The Toronto Scottish Regiment is a militia infantry regiment of the Canadian Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) is the parent regiment for regular infantry battalions of the Australian Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is an infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces (CF), belonging to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... Cap Badge of the Jamaica Defence Forces The Jamaica Regiment is the main formation of land troops in the Jamaican Defence Forces. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Gibraltar_(bordered). ... Cap Badge of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment The Royal Gibraltar Regiment is the home defence unit for the British Colony of Gibraltar. ...

Others

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... A Kings Troop sentry outside Horse Guards The Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Cap badge of the RNZA The Royal New Zealand Artillery forms the artillery section of the New Zealand Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Marines (RM), are the Royal Navys elite fighting forces. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Air Force Regiment (RAF Regt) is a specialist corps within the Royal Air Force, responsible for capturing and defending airfields and associated installations. ...

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. ...

References

  1. ^ Paget, J; 'The Story of the Guards' p275
  2. ^ Paget, J; Ibid p275
  3. ^ Information obtained from London District under Freedom of Information Act
  4. ^ Regiments.Org
  5. ^ In addition, the battalions of Gurkhas based at Church Crookham, ostensibly under the command of 5 Brigade, were also at the disposal of London District from 1977 until 1999
  6. ^ In August 2007, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment will be amalgamated with the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment and the Staffordshire Regiment to form the new Mercian Regiment. While it is stationed in London, 1WFR will be renamed as 2MERCIAN.
  7. ^ They're Changing Sex at Buckingham Palace Daily Mail, 08/04/07
  8. ^ Women and Skippy guard Buckingham Palace BBC News, 01/07/00
  9. ^ Regiments.Org - Commonwealth Units to have mounted the Queen's Guard
  10. ^ In 2001, the Australian Federation Guard detachment included the first women ever to mount the guard, including the first ever female guard commander
  11. ^ 2RCR at Buckingham Palace The Royal Canadian Regiment website
  12. ^ Although the Royal Gibraltar Regiment is the home defence unit of Gibraltar, it is also part of the British Army
  13. ^ Changing of the Guard Timings
  • Paget, J; 'The Story of the Guards'; London; Osprey Publishing; 1976
  • Sullivan-Tailyour, J. R.; 'Changing the guard at Buckingham Palace'; London; International Partnership in Marketing Services; 1999
  • Tibballs, G; 'Soldier Soldier: The Regiment Files'; London; BCA; 1995

London District is the name given by the British Army to the area of operations encompassing London and the M25. ... See Freedom of information in the United Kingdom for a general discussion of freedom of information legislation throughout the United Kingdom. ... Church Crookham is a suburb and former village on the southern edge of the town of Fleet, in northeast Hampshire, England, located 39 miles south west of London. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The Mercian Regiment is one of the new large infantry regiments of the British Army. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ...

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