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History

The Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals - the most senior Regiments in the British Army - and is split between two units, the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR). 

HCR is a Formation Reconnaissance regiment, acting as the eyes and ears of the Army; HCMR carries out ceremonial duties, both mounted and dismounted, on state and Royal occasions.

The present-day units have developed and evolved over the last 350 years, and we are especially proud of our operational record and military heritage.

We have been involved in most of the major overseas conflicts during that period, whether as a prestigious heavy cavalry unit prior to 1939, or more recently as an armoured reconnaissance regiment.

Formed in 1660 by King Charles II, the Life Guards are the oldest regiment in the British Army.

Consisting of the Royal Horse Guards (Blues) and the 1st (Royal) Dragoons both formed in 1661.

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