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's divided into the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Tuesday 4th June - 8.30pm
This six-part-series follows one of the oldest and most recognisable regiment of the British Army, The Household Cavalry, in a year of dramatic change. From riding horses at the Royal Wedding, to riding armoured fighting vehicles across the Middle East, cameras were allowed inside to see what life is really like for the soldiers, from the newest recruits to the most decorated officers.
19 October 1992
Armoured and ceremonial cavalry
Armoured reconnaissance and state ceremonial
The Household Cavalry has a longstanding reputation as an elite battlefield reconnaissance 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.
- Guarding the monarch
- Crafting and repairing horse saddles
- Shoeing horses
- Carrying out ceremonial duties
- Providing security at national events
- Battlefield duties
The Household Cavalry is helping to develop exciting new armoured cavalry tactics.
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
- Ex Ulu Rajah 17 (Brunei)
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.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is based at Hyde Park Barracks in Central London, while the Household Cavalry Regiment resides at Combermere Barracks, Windsor.
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For more than 300 years, 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 to assisting flood victims.
Whether they’re riding a horse or driving an armoured vehicle, all Household Cavalry soldiers have one thing in common: excellence.
Past to Present
The Household Cavalry is one of the oldest regiments 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. Today, it functions as an armoured reconnaissance regiment, as well as carrying out its ceremonial duties.
The Life Guards formed to escort and guard the monarch.
The Life Guards and The Royal Dragoons defeat the French Cavalry at the Battle of Dettingen.
Both regiments distinguish themselves at Waterloo, capturing Napoleon’s 105th Regiment Eagle.
The Blues and Royals support 2 Para at the Battle of Wireless Ridge, Falkland Islands.
The Life Guards deploys to the Gulf to support the land war in Kuwait City.
The Regiments deploy to Iraq on Operation Telic and Afghanistan on Operation Herrick.
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
Address: Hyde Park barracks, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1SE Contact: 0207 41 42501
Household Cavalry Regiment
Address: Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN Contact: 01753 755231