Foot guards

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In some militaries, foot guards are senior infantry regiments.wikipedia
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The Canadian Grenadier Guards

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However, as it is also a Household and Ceremonial Guard regiment, it performs similar ceremonial duties to the Guards regiments of the British Army, which primarily entails mounting the guard on Parliament Hill and at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, a task it shares with Canada's other Household infantry regiment, the Governor General's Foot Guards.

The Canadian Guards

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The Canadian Guards was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army that served in the same role as the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army.

Coldstream Guards

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Coldstream Guards
The Coldstream Guards (COLDM GDS) is a part of the Guards Division, Foot Guards regiments of the British Army.

Governor General's Foot Guards

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Two foot guards regiments exist in the Canadian Army, the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
This gives the regiment a role similar to that of the guards regiments of the British Army.

Scots Guards

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Scots Guards
The Scots Guards (SG), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army.

Welsh Guards

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Welsh Guards
The Welsh Guards (WG; Gwarchodlu Cymreig), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army.

Irish Guards

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Irish Guards
The Irish Guards (IG), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army and, together with the Royal Irish Regiment, it is one of the two Irish infantry regiments in the British Army.


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There are various other distinguishing features of the uniforms of the regiments, such as the colour of the plume, which side it is worn on the bearskin, the collar badge and the shoulder badge.
The British Foot Guards and Royal Scots Greys did however wear bearskins in battle during the Crimean War and on peacetime manoeuvres until the introduction of khaki service dress in 1902.

Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment

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The Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers & Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene are the two foot guard regiments in the Netherlands.
The Grenadiers and Rifles Guards Regiment (Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers) is a regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army; along with the Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene it is one of the two Dutch Guard regiments.

Household Division

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The Foot Guards are the Regular Infantry regiments of the Household Division of the British Army.
There are two Canadian household Foot Guards—the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards—while the Governor General's Horse Guards is Canada's sole household cavalry regiment.

Queen's Guard

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These provide the Queen's Guard, the Tower of London Guard, and sometimes also the Windsor Castle Guard.
The British Army has regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards predating the English Restoration (1660), and since the reign of King Charles II these regiments have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign's palaces.

Wellington Barracks

In central London, a battalion is based at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, about 300 yards from Buckingham Palace.
The Foot Guards battalions on public duties in London are located in barracks conveniently close to Buckingham Palace for them to be able to reach the palace very quickly in an emergency.

Brigade of the Guards

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The Brigade of the Guards is the Indian Army's foot guards regiment, formed through the regimentation of battalions from four of India's senior line infantry regiments.
It was the only regiment of foot guards in the Indian Army.

British Army incremental infantry companies

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The first three regiments each have a separate incremental company, which keep custody of the colours and traditions of the currently dormant 2nd Battalions.
Of these, three are from regiments of foot guards, with the fourth from a line infantry regiment.

Household Cavalry

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Further battalions (the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions) were formed by conversion of the Household Cavalry regiments.
They are guards regiments and, with the five foot guard regiments, help constitute the seven guards regiments of the Household Division.

Guard of honour

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the Presidential Guard, formerly known as Palace and then Royal Guard, is the guard unit for the President of Greece and provide an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Although the unit's members are derived from a variety of military units, the Ceremonial Guard uses similar uniforms to Canada's two Foot Guards regiments as a reflection of their traditional connection with those regiments.

Military colours, standards and guidons

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The first three regiments each have a separate incremental company, which keep custody of the colours and traditions of the currently dormant 2nd Battalions.
The colours of the five regiments of Foot Guards have the pattern of the line infantry reversed, with the Queen's Colour being crimson with the regimental insignia and honours and the Regimental Colour a variation of the Union Flag with the battle honours embroidered.

Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene

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The Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers & Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene are the two foot guard regiments in the Netherlands.
It is one of two regiments, along with the Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers, to be classed as 'Guards'.

Public duties

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Two battalions are appointed for public duties, with a third from a line infantry regiment since 1996 (and occasionally previous to that year).
Two of these are from the Foot Guards of the Household Division, and one (since 1996) is a line infantry battalion.

Royal Life Guards (Denmark)

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The foot guards of Denmark consists of the Royal Life Guards (Den Kongelige Livgarde)

Royal Artillery Barracks

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However, as of 2010, the independent incremental companies of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards (all on permanent public duties) have been moved from Chelsea Barracks to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
The place of the Artillery was taken by the public duties line infantry battalion and incremental companies of the Foot Guards (who moved in from Chelsea Barracks and Cavalry Barracks).

Lance sergeant

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In the Foot Guards, all corporals are automatically appointed as lance-sergeants on their promotion; lance-sergeants perform the same duties as corporals in other regiments and are not acting sergeants, despite their name.
The appointment is retained now only in the Foot Guards and Honourable Artillery Company in the British Army.

154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment

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Russia's Presidential Regiment (also known as the Kremlin Regiment), although not a part of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation but part of the Russian Federal Protective Service, is the elite unit that provides the guard of honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Moscow's Alexander Garden and is tasked with the protection of the President of Russia and the Kremlin complex. When in the Kremlin itself (at Cathedral Square) or at Red Square, during important occasions and weekends, it maintains certain traditions of the Russian Imperial Guard through its uniforms and rifle and cavalry drills during the weekly Changing of the Guard ceremony together with the regimental band, Infantry units and the Cavalry Escort Squadron. In the future, they will be reinforced by the recently resstablished Semyonovsky Regiment. The 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment, being a part of the Armed Forces, thus only performs honor guard duties only during state visits to Russia, wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the major parades in Moscow (May 9 and November 7, respectively), as well as in major anniversary parades all over Russia if needed.
As the Second World War was beginning to end in Europe in 1944 the Soviet NKVD in Moscow was charged with raising a full-time honor guard company as part of the 1st Regiment, OMSDON (then the NKVD 1st Special Duties Division), in the style and manner of the British Household Division's Foot Guards, the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the French Republican Guard's First Infantry Regiment.

Guard mounting

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Guard Mounting
The changing the guard ceremony conducted in Canada is performed daily during the summer months at Rideau Hall, Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial in Ottawa by the Ceremonial Guard, a combined unit made up of the two Canadian regiments of Foot Guards, the Canadian Grenadier Guards, and the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Honourable Artillery Company

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Lance-sergeants first appeared in the nineteenth century, but the practice was abolished in 1946, except in the Foot Guards and the Honourable Artillery Company.
The Corps of Drums. Inherited from the infantry battalion and still wearing the grenade beret badge, Foot Guards belt, beret badge backing and tactical recognition flash. As with an infantry battalion corps of drums, the drummers are 'soldiers first' and regularly deploy soldiers on operations as well as fulfilling their ceremonial role. The Corps of Drums forms part of HQ Squadron and is a separate entity from the Band, who are primarily musicians. They provide personnel for A Battery whilst still maintaining their ceremonial drumming role.