HRH The Earl of Wessex marks the formation of 1st Battalion London Guards

HRH The Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel 1st Battalion The London Guards, marked the formation of the new Reserve Guards Battalion at a reception in London’s Cavalry and Guards Club last week. He met Reserve Officers from the new battalion and other Reserve Officers from across the Army in London.

As a product of the Integrated Review and Future Soldier, 1st Battalion London Guards was formed on 1 May 2022. 

Foot Guards

For the first time in their long and distinguished history, the four senior regiments of the Foot Guards have their own Army Reserve companies, grouped under the Battalion for the purposes of Recruiting, Training and maintenance of operational readiness. 

The new Battalion is already making its mark on the Foot Guards. 

Deployment

Since the formation of the Battalion, its Guardsmen have deployed to support exercises by the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards

A number of other personnel deployed operationally to the Falkland Islands in support of Number 9 Company Irish Guards. 

The formation of the Battalion has further enhanced the relationship between the Guards and their Army Reserve elements. 

The Battalion will be paired with all Foot Guards battalions. It will directly contribute to bringing one of the Foot Guards Battalions in the 4th Light Brigade Combat Team, up to a Warfighting Establishment.

In September 2022, soldiers from all five Regular Army Foot Guards regiments joined the Battalion on Exercise ROMAN STAR in Italy. 

Supporting Role

In the same month, other members of the Battalion also conducted ceremonial duties in support of Operation LONDON BRIDGE, the funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

In January 2023 Guardsmen of 1st Battalion London Guards are being mobilised to support Operation INTERFLEX through which they contribute to the training of Ukrainian personnel to fight against the invasion of their homeland. 

The Battalion will also play a full role in supporting ceremonial events this year including The Colonel’s Review and The King’s Birthday Parade in June. 

Future Soldier

This support to the Regular Army is enabling 1st Battalion London Guards to fulfil the intent of Future Soldier by fully integrating the Army Reserve with the Regular Army to provide greater capability in training, on operations and on Ceremonial duties.

His Royal Highness was previously Royal Colonel of The London Regiment, the antecedent unit of 1st Battalion London Guards. Having always taken a keen interest in the LONDONS, the Battalion is delighted and very proud that He was appointed Colonel of 1st Battalion London Guards.