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Ceremonial duties

As a Foot Guards Regiment, the Irish Guards are involved in State Ceremonial and Public Duties. Based in Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, the Battalion conducts ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Palace and The Tower of London.

Irish Guards performing their ceremonial role

The grouping of the buttons on the tunic is a common way to distinguish between the regiments of the Foot Guards.

The Irish Guards' buttons are worn in two rows of four, reflecting the regiment's position as the fourth most senior Guards regiment, and the collar is adorned with a shamrock on either side.

The Irish Guards also wear a blue plume on the right side of their bearskins. Blue is the colour of the mantle and sash of the Order of St. Patrick, an order of chivalry founded by George III of the United Kingdom for the Kingdom of Ireland in 1783. The Irish Guards also take their cap star and motto from the order.

The regiment's mascot is an Irish wolfhound, Domhnall which leads the Battalion on parades. During Trooping of the Colour, Domhnall marches from Wellington Barracks to Horse Guards Parade.


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