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Life Guards (United Kingdom)

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Type  Horse Guards
Part of  Household Cavalry
Branch  British Army
Size  Regiment
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Active  Since 21 May 1922 (roots dating back to 1660)
Role  Formation Reconnaissance/Ceremonial
Motto  Honi soit qui mal y pense; (Evil be to him who evil thinks)
Colonel of the regiment  Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank
Similar  Blues and Royals, King's Royal Hussars, Royal Military Police, British Army, Imperial Guard

The Life Guards (LG) is the senior regiment of the British Army and part of the Household Cavalry, along with the Blues and Royals.


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The Life Guards grew from the four troops of Horse Guards (exclusively formed of gentlemen-troopers until the transformation of the last two remaining troops into Regiments of Life Guards in 1788) raised by Charles II around the time of his restoration, plus two troops of Horse Grenadier Guards (rank and file composed of commoners), which were raised some years later.

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  • The first troop was originally raised in Bruges in 1658 as His Majesty's Own Troop of Horse Guards. They formed part of the contingent raised by the exiled King Charles II as his contribution to the army of King Philip IV of Spain who were fighting the French and their allies the English Commonwealth under the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell in the Franco-Spanish War and the concurrent Anglo-Spanish War.
  • The second troop was founded in 1659 as Monck's Life Guards.
  • The third troop, like the first troop was formed in 1658 from exiled Royalists and was initially known as The Duke of York's Troop of Horse Guards.
  • The fourth troop was raised in 1661 in England.
  • The first troop of horse grenadier guards was formed in 1693 from the amalgamation of three troops of grenadiers.
  • The second troop of horse grenadier guards was raised in Scotland in 1702.

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    These units first saw action during the Third Anglo-Dutch War in 1672 and then at the Battle of Sedgemoor during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

    The 3rd and 4th troops were disbanded in 1746. In 1788, the remaining 1st and 2nd troops, along with the two troops of Horse Grenadier Guards, were reorganised into two regiments, the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Life Guards (from 1877, simply 1st Life Guards and 2nd Life Guards). From then on (1788), rank and file were mostly formed of commoners (pejorative nickname: "cheesemongers"), the bulk of the gentlemen-troopers were pensioned off.

    In 1815 they were part of The Household Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo under Major-General Lord Edward Somerset.

    In late 1918, after much service in the First World War, the two regiments gave up their horses and were re-roled as machine gun battalions, becoming the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Guards Machine Gun Regiment. They reverted to their previous names and roles after the end of the war. In 1922, the two regiments were merged into one regiment, the The Life Guards (1st and 2nd). In 1928, it was re-designated The Life Guards.

    During the Second World War, the Life Guards took part in the Normandy landings and the advance through France to liberate Brussels.

    In 1992, as part of the Options for Change defence review, The Life Guards were joined together with the Blues and Royals in a 'Union' – not an amalgamation – forming the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured reconnaissance) and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial duties). However, they maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel.

    In common with the Blues and Royals, they have a peculiar non-commissioned rank structure: In brief, they lack sergeants, replacing them with multiple grades of corporal.)

    Previous names

    Names used by the regiment were as follows:

  • From 1788, 1st Regiment of Life Guards and 2nd Regiment of Life Guards
  • The following troops were reorganised into 1st Regiment of Life Guards
  • 1st Troop of Horse Guards
  • 1st Troop, Horse Grenadier Guards
  • and the following troops were reorganised into 2nd Regiment of Life Guards
  • 2nd Troop of Horse Guards
  • 2nd Troop (Scots), Horse Grenadier Guards
  • From 1877, 1st Life Guards and 2nd Life Guards
  • From 1922, The Life Guards (1st and 2nd)
  • From 1928, The Life Guards
  • Uniform

    On ceremonial occasions the Life Guards wear a scarlet tunic, a metal cuirass and a matching helmet with a white plume worn bound on the top into an 'onion' shape; the exceptions to this are the regiment's trumpeters, who wear a red plume, and farriers, who wear blue tunics and have a black plume. In addition, the Life Guards wear their chin strap below their lower lip, as opposed to the Blues and Royals who wear it under their chin. On service dress the Life Guards Officers and Warrant Officer Class Ones wear a red lanyard on the right shoulder, as well as a Sam Browne belt. The Life Guards, as part of the Household Division, does not use the Order of the Bath Star for its officer rank 'pips', but rather the Order of the Garter Star.

    Battle honours

    The battle honours are: [combined battle honours of 1st Life Guards and 2nd Life Guards, with the following emblazoned]:1

  • Dettingen, Peninsula, Waterloo, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899–1900
  • The Great War2: Mons, Le Cateau, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914, Passchendaele 1917 '18, Somme 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Hindenburg Line, France and Flanders 1914–18
  • The Second World War3: Mont Pincon, Souleuvre, Noireau Crossing, Amiens 1944, Brussels, Neerpelt, Nederrijn, Nijmegen, Lingen, Bentheim, North-West Europe 1944-45, Baghdad 1941, Iraq 1941, Palmyra, Syria 1941, El Alamein, North Africa 1942–43, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Gothic Line, Italy 1944
  • Wadi al Batin, Gulf 1991, Al Basrah, Iraq 20033
    1. The regiment maintained the fiction of separate regiments until 1928, receiving in 1927 two separate sets of Standards with different (but almost identical) battle honours emblazoned.
    2. Revised combined list issued May 1933, omitting from emblazonment "Passchendaele" and "St. Quentin Canal" of the 1st Life Guards.
    3. Awarded jointly to The Life Guards and Blues and Royals, for services of Household Cavalry Regiment.


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