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HQ London District

HQ London District is the main headquarters for all British Army units within the M25 corridor of London. It is responsible for all Regular units, Army Reserve units and cadet attachment (ACF and CCF). It also provides for London's ceremonial events as well as supporting operational deployments overseas such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

A short history of Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards, elegant and balanced in its design, was completed by John Vardy two years after its original architect William Kent died in 1748. Kent's design was heavily influenced by the need to harmonise with the popular Admiralty Building next door which, on its completion in 1725, set the standard for mid and late 18th century Whitehall architecture. Before its construction, the Palace of Whitehall used to hold tournaments in what is now the Parade grounds during the reign of Henry VIII and was also the arena for many of Queen Elizabeth I's birthday celebrations.

Ceremonial Events

HQ London District organises the main military Ceremonial Events such as State Visits, Trooping the Colour and Beating Retreat every June at Horse Guards.


US President Barack Obama and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh inspect the Guard of Honour