Household Cavalry Regiment

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HCR soldiers move to their exfiltration HLS at the end of a search operation during their deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2013 during Op Herrick 18.
Ajax PMRS Ares variant on display. This variant will replace the Household Cavalry Regiment's Spartan APCs.

Armoured Cavalry regiment of the British Army based in Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.

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Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Cavalry regiment of the British Army tasked primarily with ceremonial duties.

Cavalry regiment of the British Army tasked primarily with ceremonial duties.

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A sentry of the Life Guards outside Horse Guards Parade
The Queen’s escort for the State Opening of Parliament is generally provided by the HCMR.
Major Tim Cooper, Director of Music of The Blues and Royals conducting the Mounted Band of The Blues and Royals

The HCMR is one of two operational units that form the Household Cavalry (HCav), the other being the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR), a formation reconnaissance regiment, with front-line combat duties.

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Bulford Camp

Military camp on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England.

Military camp on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England.

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Cpl. O'Sullivan at Bulford Camp
Church of St George, Bulford Camp

The Household Cavalry Regiment moved from Combermere Barracks to Bulford Camp in May 2019.

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Blues and Royals

Cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry.

Cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry.

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Troopers of the Blues and Royals at the Trooping the Colour parade, London, 2007
Blues and Royals trooper
Changing of the guard at Horse Guards

As a result of the Options for Change Review in 1991, the Blues and Royals formed a union for operational purposes with the Life Guards as the Household Cavalry Regiment.

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Household Cavalry

Made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).

Made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).

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Trooper of the Blues and Royals
Life Guards of the Household Cavalry mounting the guard at Horse Guards
Horse guard, Whitehall, London.
Horse Guards building
Life Guards performing ceremonial drills on both horseback and with vehicles in London's Hyde Park.
A Household Cavalry Jackal provides security at a temporary Vehicle Check Point (VCP) during Op HERRICK 13. The HCR has deployed to Afghanistan in CVR(T), Jackal and without vehicles at all.
Queen Elizabeth II with soldiers of the Household Cavalry
A reception at the Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards.

These regiments are divided between the Household Cavalry Regiment stationed at Kiwi Barracks in Wiltshire and the ceremonial mounted unit, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks (Knightsbridge Barracks) in London.

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Options for Change

Restructuring of the British Armed Forces in summer 1990 after the end of the Cold War.

Restructuring of the British Armed Forces in summer 1990 after the end of the Cold War.

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Household Cavalry Regiment formed by union The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st (Royal) Dragoons)

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Royal Armoured Corps

Component of the British Army, that together with the Household Cavalry provides its armour capability, with vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Tank and the Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicle.

Component of the British Army, that together with the Household Cavalry provides its armour capability, with vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Tank and the Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicle.

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Recruiting areas of the regular army regiments

Household Cavalry Regiment (Armoured Cavalry)

Insignia of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.

1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

Infantry brigade of the British Army with a long history including service during both the First and the Second World Wars.

Infantry brigade of the British Army with a long history including service during both the First and the Second World Wars.

Insignia of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.
HM The King reviews the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards at Bachy, France, December 1939.

Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR), at Ward Barracks, Bulford Garrison (Armoured Cavalry, equipped with FV107 Scimitar tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicles)

Queen Elizabeth II with soldiers of the Household Cavalry at Combermere Barracks

Combermere Barracks

British military installation 1.4 km from Windsor Castle.

British military installation 1.4 km from Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II with soldiers of the Household Cavalry at Combermere Barracks

The barracks were renovated in 2006 and became the home of the Household Cavalry Regiment.

Edward Smyth-Osbourne in 2019

Edward Smyth-Osbourne

Former senior British Army officer.

Former senior British Army officer.

Edward Smyth-Osbourne in 2019
On duty at the State Opening of Parliament 2015

He went on to be Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment in 2005 and in that role deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and then became Commander of 38th (Irish) Brigade in 2009.

Nad Ali District

District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In 2014, a patrol formed of soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment, and the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion were involved in a 40 hour long gunfight with Taliban fighters in and around the town.