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Coldstream Guards

The Coldstream Guards have two roles in the Army. The first is as of an Infantry unit famous for being the oldest regiment in the British Army in continuous service. The second is of a ceremonial Battalion trained to be involved in any state or royal ceremonial tasks. The Coldstream Guards have previously been deployed to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Coldstream Guards is one of the seven regiments in the Household Division - the personal troops of Her Majesty the Queen.

Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War, the regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country's monarchs since.

The regiment epitomises the British Army's values and standards: selfless commitment, respect for others, loyalty, integrity, discipline and courage. Drawing strength from its heritage to face the challenges of the future, the Regiment lives by its motto, 'Nulli Secundus' or 'Second to None'.

The primary role of the Coldstream Guards is as light role infantry, capable of deploying anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct any task. Conventional warfare, counter-insurgency, peace support and 'hearts and minds' civil aid tasks are all part of the Regiment's demanding daily regime.

The regiment has three core elements:

  • 1st Battalion: The elite light role infantry unit of 600 men
  • Number 7 Company: The ceremonial company of 100 men, based in Wellington Barracks, London
  • The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards: The world-famous military marching band

The Coldstream Guards recruit from across the UK, with strong ties to the north east and south west of England.

Despite its name being from a Scottish town, the Regiment is fiercely English and celebrates St George's Day in style each year.

Whatever their background however, all members of the regiment are aware of the traditions and standards that they must live up to in order to maintain the regiment’s hard won reputation. 


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