The Irish Guards – known affectionately throughout the Army as ‘the Micks’ – is an Irish regiment which has proven its loyalty and grit on many tough operations. Its soldiers also take great pride in guarding the royal palaces every three years.
1 April 1900
Light Role Infantry
Soldiers in the Irish Guards are experts in infantry combat: reconnaissance, engaging enemy troops with machine guns and mortars, sniping and more. As part of the Guards Division, they also have a ceremonial role as protectors of the royal palaces.
The Irish Guards is currently training in Thailand and will soon be deploying to the Falkland Islands.
As the name suggests, many soldiers in the Irish Guards are drawn from Northern Ireland and the Republic – but you don’t need to be Irish to be an Irish Guard. Whether they’re from Belfast or Brixton, all are united by a proud history of loyal service and a sporting heritage.
The Irish Guards is based in Hounslow, west London.
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The Irish Guards – known affectionately throughout the Army as ‘the Micks’ – is an Irish regiment which has proven its loyalty and grit on many tough operations. Its soldiers also have the privilege of guarding royal palaces.
St Patrick’s Day is the traditional celebration of the Irish Guards. On this day each year members of the regiment are presented with fresh shamrock from HRH Prince William.
When they're not deployed on operations the Irish Guards can be found all over the world training and exploring. They can also be found at royal palaces from time to time sporting the famous red tunic and bearskin cap.
The Irish Guards was formed on 1 April 1900 by Queen Victoria in recognition of the many acts of courage and bravery performed by Irish regiments during the Second Boer War. Since then, the regiment has continued to prove its mettle in numerous major conflicts.
The Irish Guards plays a major part in both world wars, winning six Victoria Crosses.
Kosovo, stabilising force on behave of the UN.
Iraq (Op TELIC), combat operations.
The Irish Guards deploys to Iraq on Operation Telic 10.
The regiment deploys to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 13.
Irish Guards patrol the buffer zone in Cyprus as part of Operation Tosca 20.
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