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The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry maintains a world famous tradition dating back to 1660 and it consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. They are the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army and are split between two different units equipped to perform two quite different roles.

Ready for short-notice operations, at home or abroad, the Household Cavalry Regiment continues an unbroken tradition of service to the country spanning nearly four centuries. In the Armoured Cavalry role, the HCR is tasked to reconnoitre swiftly ahead of other forces, scouting for the enemy and understanding the human and physical terrain. The regiment today capitalises upon recent experience of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq but also in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands Islands and within the UK. At home, the HCR has played a critical role in varied UK Operations, from providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games to providing flood relief to local residents in Datchet.

In London, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment provides the Army’s mounted State Ceremonial & Public Duties capability – the public face of the British Army to the world and the mounted escort to Her Majesty The Queen.

Throughout these diverse activities, our people provide our continuity and our currency; soldiers dual-trained in operational and ceremonial soldiering.

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The variety of opportunity in the Household Cavalry requires soldiers who can adapt to the unique challenges and requirements of modern day soldiering.

More often than not, the Household Cavalrymen who ride down the Mall in gleaming State Ceremonial uniforms were only recently operating armoured vehicles or conducting specialist reconnaissance work on exercise or operations.

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If you were to join the Household Cavalry you could acquire new practical skills in vehicle mechanics, complex communications systems, education, command, leadership management, and a number of equine qualifications. You will also develop greater confidence, self-discipline and make friends for life through an unparalleled diversity of opportunity that the Household Cavalry enjoys.

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