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
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.
- 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.
The Household Cavalry have been deployed across the world, be it for Ceremonial or Armoured requirements of the Nation
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
- Ex Ulu Rajah 17 (Brunei)
- Iron Strike (Canada)
- Wessex Storm (Salisbury Plain)
- Morocco (Musical Ride)
- Operation Orbital (Ukraine)
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 Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.
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.
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: Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp, SP4 9NY