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's divided into the Household Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.




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. 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
  • Crafting and repairing horse saddles
  • Shoeing horses
  • Tailoring
  • Carrying out ceremonial duties
  • Providing security at national events
  • Battlefield duties

Exercise Iron Strike 2

The Household Cavalry is helping to develop exciting new armoured cavalry tactics.

Past Deployments: 

  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
  • Ex Ulu Rajah 17 (Brunei)

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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Life Guards
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Blues and Royals
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Our Location

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.

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Our Role

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.

  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

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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