The Household Cavalry

Trusted Guardians of the monarch

The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments in the British Army: The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals. It is divided into the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

"The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment" conduct our public Ceremonial duties in London but are also known to travel across the UK and even the globe on key International events, all whilst representing the Monarchy & the Nation.

"The Household Cavalry Regiment" is the Armoured fist of our unit, incorporating the latest military equipment, including the new Ajax armoured fighting vehicle, with attached supporting arms including Snipers, Anti-tank troops & remotely piloted drones.




19 October 1992



Armoured and ceremonial cavalry



Armoured reconnaissance and state ceremonial

our skills

The Household Cavalry has a longstanding reputation as an elite battlefield reconnaissance force. This rfesulted in the unit being selected to lead the development of the new "Strike" capability in order to enhance The British Armys rapid advance and recconaissance into enemy territory, ahead of the main battle force.

Its soldiers also act in a ceremonial capacity as the public face of the British Army, and as mounted escort to Her Majesty The Queen.

  • Reconnaissance 
  • Guarding the monarch
  • Self sustaineable on the battlefield
  • Grooming, shoeing, caring and providing medical care to our Horses
  • Providing training for our Crewmen, Snipers, Javelin operators and Drone pilots.
  • Carrying out ceremonial duties, not only in London but across the world.
  • Providing security at national events
  • Working alongside other International Armed Forces to help provide training, security and peace.

Where we have been

The Household Cavalry have been deployed across the world, be it for Ceremonial or Armoured requirements of the Nation

Past Deployments: 

  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
  • Ex Ulu Rajah 17 (Brunei)
  • Iron Strike (Canada)
  • Wessex Storm (Salisbury Plain)
  • Morocco (Musical Ride)
  • Operation Orbital (Ukraine)

Our People

The soldiers of the Household Cavalry are custodians of a reputation built upon centuries of proud service. Whether they’re shoeing horses or guarding Her Majesty The Queen, the Household Cavalry work together with courage and humility.

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The Life Guards
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The Blues and Royals

Our Locations

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is based at Hyde Park Barracks in Central London.

While the Household Cavalry Regiment resides at Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.

Our Role

Since 1660, the soldiers of Household Cavalry have acted as the monarch’s trusted guardians, as well as being the public face of the British Army both at home and abroad.

The Household Cavalry has also earned a formidable reputation on the battlefield, having served in iconic conflicts from Waterloo to Afghanistan. At home, its duties have ranged from providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, assisting flood victims and providing support to the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whether they are riding a horse or ahead of the frontline, all Household Cavalry soldiers have one thing in common: excellence.


Past to Present

The Household Cavalry is the most senior regiment in the British Army, with roots dating back to 1660. Up until the beginning of World War II, it acted as a heavy cavalry unit. For most of the 20th century, it functioned as an armoured reconnaissance regiment, whilst carrying out its ceremonial duties.

Today, it is the leading developing unit utilising the latest military equipment, learning its new role in Strike with the Ajax family of armoured vehicles.

  1. 1660

    The Life Guards formed to escort and guard the monarch.

  2. 1743

    The Life Guards and The Royal Dragoons defeat the French Cavalry at the Battle of Dettingen.

  3. 1815

    Both regiments distinguish themselves at Waterloo, capturing Napoleon’s 105th Regiment Eagle.

  4. 1982

    The Blues and Royals support 2 Para at the Battle of Wireless Ridge, Falkland Islands.

  5. 1990

    The Life Guards deploys to the Gulf to support the land war in Kuwait City.

  6. 2003-13

    The Regiments deploy to Iraq on Operation Telic and Afghanistan on Operation Herrick.

Our Locations

  • Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

    Address: Hyde Park barracks, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1SE Contact: 0207 41 42501

  • Household Cavalry Regiment

    Address: Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp, SP4 9NY

See our Trusted Guardians at Holkham Beach

List of Equipment used


Agile The Scimitar armoured fighting vehicle's exceptionally low ground pressure and small size make it useful where the terrain is hostile and movement is difficult

Reconnaissance vehicles


Up in the air Weighing 7-tonnes, the Panther is air transportable and can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter.

Protected patrol vehicles


TSV This heavy-armoured truck is part of the Tactical Support Vehicles (TSV) group along with the Husky and the Coyote.

Protected patrol vehicles

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

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