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Royal Military Chapel

Built in 1838 the Chapel is the spiritual home of the seven Regiments of the Household Division: The Household Cavalry (The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals) and the Guards Division, made up from five Regiments of the Foot Guards, Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards.

The 1st Battalion Irish Guards musicians perform a service for the Laying Up of Colours.Housed at Wellington Barracks, London, the Chapel is a living church, prayed in daily and visited throughout the year by thousands seeking solace and reflection.

On Sunday 18 June 1944 it was destroyed by a flying bomb which killed 121 people, yet left the Altar candles burning, a symbol of hope for the future.

In 1963 the new Chapel, containing the original apse, which had escaped destruction, was dedicated and opened for worship.

As in the past the Chapel today supports Household Division personnel on operations and the families from whom they are separated. The Chapel has sadly held numerous funerals and memorial services for those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the World.

Each week congregations made up from past and present members of the Household Division, local people and visitors from all over the World gather for worship.

The Chapel is the only remaining Military Chapel in London and therefore occupies a unique position both in the heart of the capital and in the hearts of the nation.

Services
Sunday 1100hrs (members of the public welcome)
1st and 3rd Sundays in the Month Choral Holy Communion
All other Sundays Sung Matins followed by Said Holy Communion

Music in the Guards Chapel
Every Sunday, worship in the Chapel is supported by a Band from the Household Division and the Guards Chapel Choir made up of professional singers.

Opening Hours
The Guards Chapel is open to the Public
Monday to Thursday 1000hrs -1600hrs
Friday 1000hrs – 1500hrs
Please check with the Chaplain’s Office (lesley.manchester590@mod.uk) before your visit as the Chapel is frequently used for services during these times.

Nearest Underground Stations: St James Park, Green Park, Victoria.
Nearest Mainline Stations: Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross.

Become a Friend of the Guards Chapel
If you would like to support the Chapel in its ministry to the military and their families we invite you to become a Friend. The Friends of the Chapel are an Association of people who love the Chapel and who wish to share in its work.

The purpose of the Friends of the Guards Chapel is to support the ethos of the Chapel in its: worship, music, grace and tradition.

You can receive an application pack by writing in or sending an email to lesley.manchester590@mod.uk
The Guards Chapel
Wellington Barracks
Birdcage Walk
London
SW1E 6HQ

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