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Ceremonial duties

As part of their duties, the Coldstream Guards also contribute to world-famous ceremonial occasions, such as Changing of the Guard and Trooping the Colour. They are distinctive for the black bearskin caps and red tunics worn by the five regiments of the Foot Guards. As a result of this the regiment is at the forefront of the relationship between the British Army, Monarch and wider society.

The grouping of buttons on the tunic is a common way to distinguish between the regiments of Foot Guards. Coldstream buttons are arranged in pairs, and a star of the garter is marked on their brassware.

The regiment is ranked second in the order of precedence, behind the Grenadier Guards. This is because the Grenadier Guards have served the Crown for a longer period of time.

However, the Coldstream Guards is an older regiment, and because of this, has the motto Nulli Secundus (Second to None).

When parading with the other four regiments, the Coldstreamers are always on the extreme left of the line, with the Grenadier Guards on the extreme right. This ensures that the regiment is indeed "Second to None".

Ceremonial highlights of recent years include providing part of the Guard of Honour for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the 1st Battalion Trooping its Colour in 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The discipline, attention to detail and stamina required to conduct world-beating events such as these links back to the qualities required to be an effective soldier in modern warfare.

By developing these qualities in all ranks, the Coldstream Guards have a hard earned a reputation not only for ceremonial excellence, but for professionalism when conducting combat operations throughout the globe.

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